PARIS (9 Jan., 2017): Multiple early morning raids by police here have resulted into the arrest of seventeen people (aged 23 to 72) who are suspected of stealing over ten million dollars worth of jewelry that belonged to reality TV show star Kim Kardashian West, last October the 3rd.
The suspects, according to sources, had earlier been involved in other crimes including robberies. Weapons and 140,000 Euros were also recovered during the raids.
It is pertinent to mention here that the suspects were traced through DNA evidence found in the rented premises.
After alleging Ali for harassing her, Meesha opens up about her story!
LAHORE: After alleging singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar for harassing her (singer and actor Meesha Shafi), now she has revealed that why she chose to break her silence at this point in time.
In an interview, the singer claimed that it is getting difficult for her to mum the words now. “The first and foremost reason [for breaking silence] is that I’m ready.”
Referring to the girls who went ahead to report about being harassed by former Patari CEO Khalid Bajwa, she further added, “I have started talking to people and divulging my experience. I’m finding it hard on my conscience to stay silent any longer than this because I’m seeing such brave girls and women speaking up not just around the world but here as well. I have to say, by the way, I salute these girls.”
“It’s not easy. They are not public figures and I think it can be harder for me, in a way, but it’s hard for everyone. The more I think about it, the more I realize that if I don’t go public, nothing will change. It was eating away at me.”
Maintaining that she has been telling her kids (a boy and a girl) regarding reporting apropos any indecent advantages taking by anyone instead of keeping a stiff upper lip. “I am telling my children how important it is to speak up, so it was getting difficult for me to stay silent knowing that it was not accidental or subtle.”
Sharing her reactions upon being harassed for the first time, the crooner beams, “The first time it happened, I didn’t react and just left. I told my husband but also asked him to not react; I’m a public figure and so is he [Ali Zafar]. My thought process was who I am and who he is and what that’s going to lead to. Being ready to talk was far off because it had just happened. I buried it.”
“But it happened again late last year or last quarter of last year. And in both instances, they were not alone. The second time it happened in a jam room. I got booked for a concert.”
“I was jamming with my band in Lahore and the organizers insisted that he was trying to get in touch. It started turning into a thing, and I was being seen as difficult or a diva, I got such feelers. I was avoiding him. I was asked to jam, figure out songs, scale and it happened while we were jamming.”
While saying that she is feeling better after opening up about her story of Metoo, she held, “It is liberating, it’s empowering and it’s not the end of the world. I only felt hesitant as long as I hadn’t told anyone. The more people I tell, the more power I feel. I do.
That has been my direct experience in the case. I’ve done the thing I feared and I’ve taken the leap of faith. And you know what, its okay.”
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According to the details, some women took to Twitter to report about their stories.
Make-up artist Leena Ghani posted, “Seeing Meesha’s courage it’s impossible for me to not speak now, not only in support of her but also to say she’s not alone.”
“In the many years I have known Ali, he has on several occasions crossed boundaries of what is appropriate behavior between friends. His behavior displays a clear lack of respect for women. Inappropriate contact, groping, sexual comments should not fall in the grey area between humor and indecency.”
Adding that inappropriate comments do embarrass women, she noted, “In such cases, women like myself run from a situation and hope to God you never cross paths again. And when by some misfortune you do, you hide from him.”
“Hoping that his sleazy eyes and hands don’t find you again. His hands don’t make their way up and down your waist or hold you too tight while you desperately try to wiggle and run.”
While encouraging Meesha for taking the stance, a Journalist namely Maham Javaid revealed, “From many many years ago, when Ali Zafar tried to kiss her cousin and pull her into a restroom with him. Luckily my cousin’s friends were there to push Ali Zafar off”
“We didn’t even think of telling anyone, apart from friends, or reporting him because he’s a celebrity, no one would possibly care or listen. And over the years we forgot the story ourselves, until today. Thanks @itsmeeshashafi for reminding us that our stories matters”
Whereas, Humna Raza, a blogger, also claimed that the singer touched her inappropriately at a public event.
Contrary to this, Ali, while rubbishing Shafi’s allegations of harassment against him, pronounces to take the matter to court.
It is to be noted that this news quivers the Pakistani entertainment industry intensely. Some went ahead to express their opinions while many prefers to bite their tongues.
Actors Osman Khalid Butt and Urwa Hocane tweeted in support of Shafi. Whereas, Maya Ali reckons that we should not judge anyone’s character, “I’m not here to say who is wrong and who is right or who did what and who didn’t… Let’s say, I haven’t known him for long, but I have been working with him since once year”
“We shot our film in Lahore and then we were all together in Poland to shoot the rest of the film and I never ever got any kind of that vibe from him. When we were on set or in any restaurant with the whole team he would always make sure that he was sharing these moments with her…”
“I am not judging anyone nor giving any clarification on anyone’s behalf, and we can’t judge the one side of a book… I respect this man @ali_zafar and want the truth to come out, until then we shouldn’t judge anyone’s character.”
Filmmaker Jami held, “The matter will be resolved in court and should end properly because this is big.”
While actor Ali Kazmi beams, “I am sad to hear this and want to know more about it, I’ll ask him [Ali] personally.”
Curb high blood pressure via listening to music: Study
NEW YORK: Innumerable people particularly oldies are enduring high blood pressure. Thus, so as to control it, they pop out certain medications.
However, one of the latest researches has found out an entertaining way to curtail this dilemma: Listen to classical music.
Believe it or not but it is transpired in the research that music could potentially erect the impacts of anti-hypertensive prescriptions.
So as to prove this, academics gauged the effects of music along with anti-hypertensive drugs on heart tempo and blood pressure of patients with controlled hypertension.
The respondents took up oral anti-hypertensive medication, while listening to the instrumental music for around 60 minutes. Following that, their heart rates have been assessed.
Their up shots revealed that heart tempo was found to be considerably curtailed among the patients following consuming pills while listening to the classical music.
Harboring on the subject, the study author Vitor Engracia Valenti from the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil held that music could control heart rate while enhancing the impact of hypertension pills as it erects the parasympathetic nervous system, gastrointestinal activity and absorption of anti-hypertensive medication.
Journal Scientific Reports has run the ramifications.