Pakistani anti-terrorism court hands out sentence to star, Veena Malik and her husband for roles in television programme based on marriage of Prophet Mohamed’s daughter. Veena Malik, the Pakistani Bollywood film actress, has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for “malicious acts of blasphemy” for appearing in a mock television wedding scene based on the marriage of the Prophet Mohamed’s daughter.
Malik, 30, who lives in Dubai, expressed her disbelief at the sentence. “26 years! Come on. 26 years is a lifetime,” she told Gulf News. “But I have faith in higher courts in Pakistan.
“When the final verdict comes, it will do justice to me. Nothing bad is going to happen.”
Malik’s husband, Asad Bashir Khan, who also appeared in the scene, and a television executive received the same sentence from the anti-terrorism court in Gilgit-Baltistan.
“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 read.
The actress said that she would return to Pakistan in December to fight the sentence.
“I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong,” she said.
The three may not, however, spend time in prison as the sentence is only enforceable in Gilgit, which is controlled by Pakistan but part of the Kashmir region which India also claims.
The morning television show, broadcast in May, featured Malik dancing with her husband while Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter.