Pakistani filmmaker Jamshed Mahmood Raza, who in October alleged got raped by a media giant 13 years ago, has revealed the accused as Hameed Haroon, CEO of Pakistan's newspaper Dawn. Haroon has denied the allegations, saying he's initiating legal action to clear his name.
Raza later stated that coming forward with his story was not about "bringing down Dawn". Raza said that while his allegation has a relation with the newspaper, he wants to give strength to other victims of sexual assault.
Jami tweeted: "I'm ready now. Are you ready to print this @dawn_com?" Haroon, in a statement on Monday, rejected the allegations, saying it was an effort to silence him and his newspaper.
In another tweet, Jami said he knew his story would get branded an attempt to attack the newspaper. "It's not about Dawn vs Jami. It's (a) personal issue, raised now. I'm doing all this for a few years to help victims," the filmmaker said.
The Dawn newspaper has been critical of the present Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government but it is unclear if the allegations against Haroon are in any way linked to anti-government reportage. Raza, who is popularly known as Jami Raza, had shocked Pakistani media in October when he published tweets describing the alleged assault that happened 13 years ago.