A Lahore court issued bailable arrest warrants against ‘Hindi Medium’ fame Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed in a case of the alleged desecration of the historic Wazir Khan mosque.
The bail amount has been set at Rs 30,000 each when the two did not appear for a court hearing, Dawn reported. The next hearing on the case is scheduled for October 6, 2021 .
The controversy erupted when Qamar and Saeed, two well-known Pakistani artists, allegedly shot a video inside the holy ‘Wazir Khan mosque’ while working on the video of their popular song ‘Qubool Hai.’
According to the FIR, both actors had trampled upon the sanctity of the mosque by shooting a dance video and this act also sparked an outrage among the people of Pakistan.
The Punjab government had also sacked two senior officers in connection with violation of the mosque’s sanctity.
Following strong criticism and even death threats to her on social media, Qamar and Saeed had apologised for their act.
Qamar whose work in Bollywood movies received appreciation had also done a biopic of social media sensation Qandeel Baloch. She received death threats on social media for her “un-Islamic” action. She was warned on the social media that she might face the fate of Qandeel Baloch who was killed by her brother in 2016 for ‘disgracing the family honour’.
Different religious parties including Jamaat-i-Islami had also held demonstrations in the city demanding ‘strict punishment’ to artist couple for what they call committing sin.
“It was the music video featuring a Nikah (marriage) scene. It was neither shot with any sort of playback music nor has it been edited to the music track,” she had said.