An interim bail has been granted by the Lahore Court on Thursday in favour of singer Bilal Saeed and actress Saba Qamar in a case with respect to the shooting of a music video in the city’s historic Wazir Khan Masjid.
“The court approves the interim bail in favour of both the accused,” Additional Sessions Judge Chaudhry Qasim Ali declared while issuing his decision on the bail application.
Both accused Bila and Saba were present in the court on the occasion.
In the previous month, Bilal and Saba were among a group of people who were booked in a case for allegedly “violating the sanctity” of the city’s Wazir Khan Masjid by shooting a music video.
The initial proceedings against both the accused were initiated after a sessions court ordered a local station house officer (SHO) to take action in accordance with the prevailing law.
The First Information Report (FIR) of the incident, registered at the Akbari Gate police station under Section 295 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which relates to “offences relating to religion”, “injuring or defiling a place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class”, and “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs”.
The media had reported that the counsels of the Punjab Auqaf Department and the actors argued that no offence had been committed, that prior permission had been obtained against payment of Rs30,000.
Moreover, Saba Qamar had said the clip was a ” preface to the music video featuring a Nikah scene” and “was neither shot with any sort of playback music nor has it been edited to the music track”, whereas Bilal Saeed had issued a categorical apology on social media.