Social Media Reacts After FIR Is Registered Against Saba Qamar And Bilal Saeed
Qabool Music Video Controversy Takes Another Turn For The Worse
Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed have come under heavy criticism recently over some of the sequences that they shot at Wazir Khan mosque for the Qabool Hai music video. The actress and singer duo are in hot waters over dancing or twirling inside a place of worship.
The Qabool Hai music video is a collaboration between singer Bilal Saeed and actress Saba Qamar. Bilal Saeed is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, music producer, and composer. Since the beginning of his career in 2011, he has received various awards and nominations in Pakistan, India, and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Saba Qamar is one of the most popular actresses and television presenters in Pakistan. She is the recipient of the Pride of Performance conferred to her by the Government of Pakistan in 2016 for her contribution in the field of arts and entertainment.
Now, a case has been registered in Lahore against the famous actress and singer for shooting the video at the place of worship. The Akbari Gate police have registered the case on the complaint of lawyer Farhat Manzoor. The FIR has been registered 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.
Social media is invariably divided on the whole situation. While some see it as correct retribution for Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed for 'violating the sanctity' of a holy place of worship. others see it as a personal vendetta against the actress since she is very vocal against the country's mullah brigade and especially since both artists publicly apologized for the video sequences and stood true to their promise that those sequences would not be part of the actual music video.
ہمیں احساس ہے کہ پچھلے کچھ دنوں میں جو کچھ ہوا ہے اس سے آپ کے جذبات کو گہری چوٹ پہنچی ہے۔ ہم بحیثیت مسلمان ، مہذب انسان اور فنکار کی حیثیت سے ، کبھی بھی اسلام یا کسی دوسرے مذہب ، نسل ، ذات ، رنگ یا مسلک کی توہین اور رسوائی نہیں کریں گے۔ pic.twitter.com/3IcJZUjITD— Bilal Saeed (@Bilalsaeedmusic) August 9, 2020
Presenting the "Qubool" teaser— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) August 8, 2020
This is also the only sequence that was shot at the historical Wazir Khan Mosque. 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.#SabaQamar pic.twitter.com/iYRswlLWLd
However, after heavy criticism and the FIR booked against the duo, social media has come to the defense of Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed and labeled the entire thing as a witchhunt.
Host and comedian Shafaat Ali wrote:
Junaid Akram tweeted:
I took this photo from the minaret of Wazir Khan mosque - the access gate was unlocked for me thru the courtesy of my host. It never used to be locked, said masjid's khadim. They once caught a DSP's son making out with his gf so they decided to lock it. But twirling is blasphemy! pic.twitter.com/WaLeSTWjpB— Puffin Man (@junaidakram83) August 14, 2020
Anchor Abdullah Sultan did not hold back as he expressed his views:
"The problem is not with the twirl, we have an issue with Saba Qamar, coz since she is an actress she must be a lesser Muslim than us. Seen hundreds of shoots at wazir khan n badhshahi mosque otherwise, no one objected on anything before but this time it was #SabaQamar #hawhaye"
The problem is not with the twirl , we have an issue with Saba Qamar, coz since she is an actress she must be a lesser Muslim than us. Seen hundereds of shoots at wazir khan n badhshahi mosque otherwise no one objected on anything before but this time it was #SabaQamar #hawhaye— Abdullah Sultan (@abdullahsultan) August 14, 2020
Some people asked relevant questions:
Which one of these two instances has a blasphemy case against them?— Shehzad Ghias Shaikh (@Shehzad89) August 14, 2020
A Saba Qamar twirl or a child being molested? pic.twitter.com/9djJwTnmJJ
so kids gets raped inside mosques but a woman twirling in it is the bigger issue and should be arrested immediately????? https://t.co/C2ckSuAOJX— Zainab (@_zainabsk) August 14, 2020
Blasphemy charges under Section 295 of PPC filed against an actress for doing a twirl inside a mosque. To date, no blasphemy charges have ever been filed for the hundreds of children sexually abused inside mosques. Tells you all you need to know about Pakistani morality. https://t.co/46RyJi6Blx— Ammar Rashid ☭???? #RedistributionNow (@AmmarRashidT) August 14, 2020
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