“Me and my family’s lives have been put in danger."
Several Pakistani celebrities are set to sue Feroze Khan after he publicly shared their personal information when filing defamation notices on social media.
The first Pakistani celebrity to speak out was Sarwat Gillani.
The actress took to social media to highlight the harmful impact of making one’s private details public.
Feroze Khan had sent defamation notices to several artists for “[sharing] false and baseless allegations” against him.
He later deleted the said notice from social media and instead wrote:
“Defamation legal notice has been served by my legal team to those for [sharing] false and baseless allegations.”
But the original notice went viral.
Taking to Instagram, Sarwat Gillani posted a picture full of countless spam calls from different unknown numbers.
She wrote: “It is bizarre and despicable that private information, including phone numbers of various famous individuals, has been publicly shared on the absurd pretext of issuing a legal notice to them by Feroze Khan.
“Not only are such actions illegal but also demonstrate the total lack of maturity to handle matters in a civilised way.
“Two days ago, Feroze had one ex-wife and her lawyer, now he will have to face ten celebrities and their lawyers. Good luck!”
Her Joyland co-star Mira Sethi posted:
“Echoing what Sarwat said about leaked numbers. Unbelievable.
“My lawyer will respond to the notice and I will continue standing with Aliza Sultan.”
Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy expressed her solidarity and commented on Sarwat’s post:
“Wait till you see mine.”
In a separate Instagram Story, Sharmeen shared:
“Leaking personal information including phone numbers and addresses is a criminal offence, just FYI. 20 years of dealing with men perpetrators of domestic violence. I know every plan in their book, just saying.”
Osman Khalid Butt lauded Sarwat Gillani and penned:
“Here’s to fighting the good fight, no matter the repercussions.”
Osman then shared Minal Khan’s post and said:
“Don’t even have the words.
“These past two days have been a nightmare even imagine what you and all the female artists targeted must be going through.”
Regarding the ordeal, Minal Khan stated:
“Yesterday my private information including my phone number was leaked on social media.”
“It was an utterly shameful act that was carried out intentionally by Feroze khan on the absurd pretext of issuing a legal notice.
“This action of his has caused me severe mental distress as I have been receiving hundreds of calls and messages.
“My security has been breached and put at risk as I have been mentally harassed, tortured and threatened by multiple numbers.
“Me and my family’s lives have been put in danger.
“Such actions are illegal – This being said I will be taking very strict legal action against Feroze Khan for leaking my private information on social media along with multiple other famous individuals.”