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Actress Saba Qamar, Bilal Saeed acquitted in Wazir Khan mosque case

Lahore Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Mushtaq accepted the pleas of Saba and Bilal and acquitted them in a mosque case.

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (May9): A district and sessions court in Lahore today acquitted actor Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed in a case relating to a video shoot of Bilal’s song Qabool at the Wazir Khan mosque.

Lahore Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Mushtaq accepted the pleas of Saba and Bilal and acquitted them in a mosque case.

The case

In August 2020, a case was registered against the celebrities by the police on the complaint of lawyer Farhat Manzoor. Saba and Bilal were facing charges of violating the sanctity of Wazir Khan mosque by dancing inside the premises during the shooting.

The FIR was registered under Section 295 (deliberate and malicious acts intended to insult religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Both Bilal and Saba had posted apologies on social media following the controversy. Bilal had assured that he was removing the entire sequence shot at the mosque.

According to Saba, the clip was a “prologue to the music video featuring a Nikkah scene”.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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