An obscene photo shoot in front of a monument dedicated to Quaid-e-Azam in Islamabad has fumed netizens and they are calling the authorities to take action. On August 2, a photoshoot from a band called Mystical Shayari surfaced on social media, in which a young man and woman were standing right outside of the Quaid-e-Azam in vulgar clothes.
They captioned it, ‘FAITH. UNITY. DISCO,’ mocking Jinnah’s motto of ‘Unity, Faith, and Discipline’. But in their defense, they did this shoot for the sake of ‘human rights and gender justice.
Mystical Shayari in Islamabad under fire
Mystical Shayari‘s posts wreaked havoc on social media and they received immense backlash for spreading obscenity and disrespecting the Father of the Nation. Since then, the band has deleted all of its social media accounts. The photographer Eman, designer Raja Wasey and the band members who are identified as Casey and Zulfiqar have also deactivated their social media handles amidst the criticism.
The photos are plastered all over Twitter with #ArrestTheCouple as netizens demand strict action against them.
A recent photoshoot shot in #Islamabad in front of the Quaid monument.
They shared in response that, “we did this shoot to show respect for Pakistan, and specifically to these three ethics that we are proud to uphold.”@dcislamabad sir ?????? Is it okay ?? pic.twitter.com/DZB81FCZOf
— ChTalha Ahmed Gujjar (@iamchtalha) August 3, 2021
— AhsanAhsan (@AhsanAh37240024) August 3, 2021
یہ ایکسپریس ہائے وے اسلام آباد پر قائد اعظم کے پورٹریٹ کے آگے جو کچھ ہو رہا ہے، ملاحظہ کریں
حد ہے ویسے بے حیائی اور بے شرمی کی۔ کون ہیں یہ لوگ؟ انکو فوراً گرفتار کرنا چاہیے pic.twitter.com/N90BYLBNjl
— ارم احمد خان (@IramAKhanPK) August 1, 2021
یہ اجازت کس نے دی ؟؟ pic.twitter.com/M1f2y6JD9b
— Erum Zaeem (@ErummKhan) August 2, 2021
Is it Islamic Republic of Pakistan?
— Showbiz & News (@ShowbizAndNewz) August 2, 2021
PTI’s Rashid M Khan and journalist Ansar Abbasi also asked authorities to intervene.
— 🟢راشـــــــــــــد محـــــــــمــــود 🇵🇰 (@RashidMkhan79) August 2, 2021
The DC Islamabad @hamzashafqaat is requested to arrest the couple, who displayed extreme obscenity in public in the federal capital.
— Ansar Abbasi (@AnsarAAbbasi) August 2, 2021
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqat took notice of the incident and in a tweet asked for information regarding the matter.
Anyone with any information may plz share with us https://t.co/nrRvD9cRky
— Office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) August 2, 2021
As per the details, an FIR under section 294 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which deals with obscene acts in public has been lodged and Koral police is investigating the matter.
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On the other, Cafe Sol has also been dragged into this controversy. Mystical Shayari performed in one of the private events at the cafe and now, people are assuming that they might have a connection.
— Abu Bakar (@JuniorMinhas) August 2, 2021
Lol, again it was a private event at our place. It's a band and they performed. Like you're more than welcome to come here and enjoy the music here.
— Café Sol (@CafeSolPK) August 3, 2021
Moreover, Faraz Talat, the founder of Cafe Sol allegedly owns the band. A Facebook page reported this last night, however, the post has been deleted.
Cafe Sol and Faraz Talat have denied the allegations, calling them baseless.
“This is to clarify that the accusations levelled against Cafe Sol on social media at this time are baseless and condemnable. We are not associated with the personnel in the news in any way,” the cafe released a statement last night.
The allegations against me are baseless. And I have absolutely no connection with the controversial photo shoot.
— Faraz Talat (@FarazTalat) August 3, 2021