The pleas for acquittal of singer Bilal Saeed and actor Saba Qamar in connection with the alleged desecration of the Wazir Khan mosque were accepted by Judge Muhammad Mushtaq in Lahore on Monday.
No dance scene was recorded on the premises of the mosque, the plea of acquittal maintained that the applicants filed the case only against celebrities to blackmail them.
They claimed that they obtained permission from the Auqaf Department to film the “Qabool Hay” and that none of the witnesses objected to the fact that the song was filmed in the mosque.
It was argued that because the applicant’s counsel, Farhat Manzoor Chandio, was not present when the shooting was recorded and there was no evidence of a violation of the sanctity of the mosque, both parties would be acquitted.
A magistrate had already issued arrest warrants against singer Bilal Saeed for not appearing before the court in a case of suspected desecration of the Wazir Khan mosque with his co-accused, a local actress Saba Qamar.
Both defendants had requested a personal appearance exception. The Ghabrana Nahi Hai diva had gone to the UAE for professional assignments and was reportedly back on March 31, according to counsel for the accused, who also claimed that Saeed was unable to appear on grounds of illness.
The pair of reels landed in hot waters in 2020 when a controversial video from the shooting of their song went viral on the Internet. A year later, news about the two celebrities’ arrest warrants began to circulate on the Internet.
The celebrity duo has now cleared up the news of their arrest in a statement released by their lawyers.
Once the news became viral, the Cheekh Diva and Saeed’s lawyers issued an official statement with respect to their arrest warrants. The details indicate that their arrest warrants have been cancelled and the original court orders have been misinterpreted to tarnish the reputation of their clients. They are law-abiding citizens of the country.
The two celebrities were fiercely criticized by Internet users for violating the sacred character of the mosque. Later, the singer of Teri Khair Mangdi also posted a video of excuses and the case was somewhat resolved.