Pak’s Punjab govt sacks 2 officers for permitting actress to shoot dance video at historic mosque

Lahore, August 9

Pakistan’s Punjab province authorities on Sunday sacked two senior officers for permitting ‘Hindi Medium’ star Saba Qamar to shoot a dance video at a historic mosque within the outdated metropolis of Lahore.

An utility can be filed in a police station right here for registration of FIR in opposition to Saba Qamar and actor Bilal Saeed for violating the sanctity of the mosque.

“We have suspended two officers – a director and an assistant director – of the Auqaf Department for allegedly allowing the shooting of a dance video in Masjid Wazir Khan. An inquiry has been launched into the matter and those responsible will be punished,” Punjab Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Saeed Hassan Shah instructed reporters on Sunday.

He mentioned nobody is allowed to violate the sanctity of mosques.

Following sturdy criticism and even demise threats to actress Saba Qamar on social media, she apologised for her act.

“The BTS video that’s been circulated on social media was just a circular movement to click stills for the poster of ‘Qabool’ depicting a happily married couple right after their Nikah. Despite this if we have unknowingly hurt anyone’s sentiments. We apologise to you all with all our heart. Love & Peace,” Qamar tweeted.

She additional mentioned: “This is also the only sequence that was shot at the historical Wazir Khan Mosque. It’s a prologue to the music video featuring a Nikah scene. It was neither shot with any sort of playback music nor has it been edited to the music track.” 

Saba Qamar whose work in Bollywood motion pictures obtained appreciation had additionally completed a biopic of social media sensation Qandeel Baloch. Her taking pictures in mosque remained high pattern on social media right here and she or he was threatened (on social media) that she would possibly face the destiny of Qandeel Baloch who was killed by her brother in 2016 within the identify of honour.

An utility was filed in Iqbal Town police station to register a case in opposition to Saba and Bilal for hurting the feelings of Muslims by taking pictures a dancing video in a mosque. The police mentioned that they’re inspecting the authorized features of the matter earlier than deciding to register FIR in opposition to them.

Meanwhile, the ruling coalition accomplice—Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) – has demanded strict motion in opposition to the federal government officers and the artists for violating the historic mosque’s sanctity. PTI


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