An additional district and sessions court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for actor Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed in a case relating to the controversial music video shoot at Wazir Khan Mosque.
The court issued the orders during a hearing on Wednesday after Qamar and Saeed failed to show up in the court. Judicial Magistrate Javeria Munir Bhatti heard the case. The court directed the police to arrest the actress-singer duo and produce them in the court.
on October 5.
Last year, the Akbari Gate police filed a case against them, on the complaint of lawyer Farhat Manzoor, for violating the sanctity of the mosque by dancing during the filming of a music video.
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.
Qamar and Saeed were granted pre-arrest bail on August 23 against surety bonds worth Rs50,000 collectively.
Consequently, the actor and singer issued apologies over the controversial video shoot. Saeed said
that he was removing the whole sequence shot at the Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore.
The Baari singer also uploaded a lengthy apology on his Instagram account, saying both he and Qamar “realise what has happened over the past few days has hurt sentiments deeply”.
Qamar, on the other hand, responded to the criticism in a series of tweets, saying the clip was a “prologue to the music video featuring a Nikkah scene”.