Judicial magistrates in Lahore have issued arrest warrants for actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed in a case related to the shooting of a music video at the historic Wazir Khan Mosque.
According to media news, warrants were issued for the couple not appearing in court. Last month, Akbari Gate police registered a case against the couple on a complaint by lawyer Farhat Manzoor.
The FIR was registered under Section 295 (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Pakistan Penal Code. The case was registered on a court order. A short clip of Qamar and Saeed at the historic mosque went viral on social media. The video drew strong reactions from religious circles.
Saba Qamar responded to the criticism in a series of tweets, saying the clip was a “prologue to the music video featuring a Nikkah scene. It was neither shot with any sort of playback music nor has it been edited to the music track,” she said on Twitter.
Qamar and Saeed had also apologized for the incident and issued explanations that shed further light on the video shoot’s context.