Veena Malik, the Lollywood actress, has expressed her disbelief and anger after she was sentenced a 26-year jail term by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court for ‘malicious acts’ of blasphemy.
Veena Malik’s Crime?
Well, she appearead in a pretend wedding scene, staged on a daytime show broadcast by Geo TV, based on the marriage of the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter. While, the two, Veena and her husband Asad Bashar Khan (whom she married in 2013) were mocking their wedding ceremony, a qawaali was running in the Background.
The programme sparked a wave of controversy in the Islamic country of Pakistan when it aired in May this year, inspite of the fact that similar scenes had been aired in the past to little or no such public outrage. Some even apparently suspected that Pakistan’s military were behind the mock wedding, and that it was put on in a bid to wage a blasphemy war against the broadcaster.
With Malik, her husband, Asad Bashir Khan, and Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the chief executive of Geo TV, biggest media group in the Asian country, along with the host of the show Shaista Wahidi were further sentenced to 26 years behind bars for the apparent religious offence.
Veena Malik’s Reaction
“26 years! Come on. 26 years is a lifetime… But I have faith in higher courts in Pakistan,” Malik said in a recent interview quoted by Gulf News. “When the final verdict comes, it will do justice to me. Nothing bad is going to happen.” The court order will be enforced in the Pakistan-controlled city of Gilgit, which is also part of the India-claimed Kashmir regions.
“I have always been a person who faced troubles by looking it in the eye,” Malik, currently in Dubai, said of her decision to return to Pakistan in the next two weeks and challenge the court order.
“I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong.” she said.
The Court Verdict
“The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt the feelings, which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency,” the court order, issued by the judge, reads.
Along with the jail term of 26 years, the convicted parties were also ordered to pay a fine of 3 million rupees, surrender their passports and even sell their properties.
But, Veena Malik may not actually end up serving her sentence. Why?
Because the court order will be enforced in the city of Gilgit, a province whose control is shared between Pakistan and India-claimed Kashmir region. This region is not considered a proper province by Pakistan, which means that any verdicts delivered by its courts do not apply to the rest of the Pakistan.
Veena Malik – Controvery’s Favorite Girl
This is not the first time Verna Malik is in news for all the wrong reasons. Earlier in 2011, she sparked outrage in Pakistan after she posed for FHM magazine. She was seen posing on the front cover of the men’s magazine with her arms and legs trying to cover her private parts. The letters ‘ISI’ – the acronym for Pakistani spy service the Inter-Services Intelligence agency – were tattooed on her arm.
Her Journey from Lollywood to Bollywood
Veena Malik made her debut in Sajjid Gul’s Tere Pyaar Mein in the year 2000
2 years later she was seen in Yeh Dil Aapka Huwa along with Sassi Punno
From 2005, she was seen playing roles in Women Centric Films – Koi Tujhsa Kahan, Kyun Tumse Itna Pyar Hai, Mohabbatan Sachiyan (2007) , Ishq Be Parwah (2008) and Kabhi Pyaar Na Karna
In October 2010, Veena Malik was seen in Bigg Boss 4 where she was one amongst the final 6 contestants.
In 2012, she made her debut in Bollywood with an item number Chhanno in Gali Gali Mei Shor Hai
Fann Ban Gayi in Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya
Acting Debut in Bollywood with Daal Mai Kuch Kaala Hai
As a Prostitute in Zindagi 50 50
In Kannada remake of Dirty Picture as Silk Smita
Source: The Independent