Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar have been facing the heat after shooting a music video at Lahore’s Wazir Khan Mosque.
Earlier on August 13, a case was registered against the two for shooting a music video for their latest song ‘Qubool’ at the mosque. The Akbari Gate police had registered an FIR 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.
Petitioner Farhat Manzoor accused the celebrities of hurting the sentiments of Muslims by shooting a music video at a mosque.
Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar Face Threats
On August 15, the Court granted interim bail to Qamar and Saeed, which expired just yesterday, August 25.
However, yesterday the two didn’t appear in the court. According to the petition filed by their lawyers, Qamar and Saeed are receiving death threats, hence they couldn’t make a personal appearance.
The court has granted them exemption and has ordered them to appear on September 3 in person. The court has also directed the police not to take action against them until then.
It is pertinent to note that both Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar apologized for hurting the sentiments of their community.
The duo explained that the BTS clip that went viral on social media was only to take a few stills for the poster of the song. During the shoot, the administration of Wazir Khan Mosque was present and they can testify there was no music playing in the playground.
“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.“
On August 9, the singer released a public apology and said that the clip shot in the Mosque will not appear in the final music video.