ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan, on Tuesday ordered Meesha Shai and Ali Zafar not to file unnecessary pleas before the court and directed the trial court to complete hearing without adjournments.
During the proceedings, Shafi’s lawyer said that the singer did not know all of Zafar’s witnesses and alleged that they were his employees.
Zafar’s lawyer refuted this and said that none of the witnesses were the singer’s employees.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa asked what Ali Zafar’s main objection to Meesha Shafi’s request was, to which his lawyer responded that according to the law, statements are recorded and cross-examination of witnesses is done on the same day.
Justice Isa said that the court has authority to decide whether the recording of statements and cross-examination are done on the same day or not.
Shafi’s lawyer said that once they had a list of the witnesses, they would be ready to conduct the cross-examination in a day.
The court wrapped up the petition while ordering for the trial be completed within the time frame decided in the high court’s order. On April 9, the LHC had given the petitioners and respondents another three months to argue their respective cases, while setting aside a directive from a Lahore district court that had mandated the conclusion of the case on April 15.