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Pakistan: Complaint filed over music video shot in a mosque

4 September 2020
A complaint was filed to Pakistani police about a music video where actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed dance in a mosque.
Image: Bilal Saeed and Saba Qaram in the music video of ‘Qubool’ / Image by Click by Sawaiz from Bilal Saeed on Instagram 

 

On 3 September, actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed appeared in the courtroom where they were granted bail after the complaint was filed about their music video, in which artists dance in a mosque, reported Samaa

According to The New Indian Express, a complaint was filed on 13 August to Pakistani police by local lawyer Sardar Farhat Manzoor Khan.

In the video, the two stars perform a Nikkah dance (a traditional wedding dance) at historical Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore. According to the complaint, the music video for the song “Qubool” by Bilal Saeed trampled “upon the sanctity of the mosque”. The complaint has been registered under Section 295 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which covers “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs”. 

“If we have unknowingly hurt anyone’s sentiments we apologise to you all with all our heart” Saeed wrote on Instagram before the complaint was filed, “We as Muslims, as decent human beings and as artists will never, ever trivialise or condone disrespect to Islam or any other religion, race, caste, colour or creed.”

Qamar and Saeed filed a petition on 25 August seeking exemption from appearance in the case as they were receiving death threats by unknown individuals. The Lahore session court acknowledged Qamar’s and Saeed’s exemption request and have adjourned the case until 3 September 2020.

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