Date of Indictment Fixed Against Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed
The Judicial Magistrate of Lahore, Punjab's capital, has set a date for the singer Bilal Saeed and actress Saba Qamar to be indicted in a mosque 'desecration' case.
In August of last year, the two were charged with "violating the sanctity" of the mosque during the filming of a song in Lahore's ancient Wazir Ali Khan Mosque. Judicial Magistrate Jawariya Munir Bhatti heard the case. Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar appeared in court on October 6 with their lawyer, Barrister Hamid Leghari. Saba Qamar wore a burqa to court on this occasion.
A date for the indictment of Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed was set at the hearing. On October 14, the court summoned actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed for indictment in the case. The court eventually provided copies of all relevant documents to both of the accused. The court had issued warrants for both of them during the last hearing, but the warrants were eventually revoked.
The court had issued bailable arrest warrants for actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed for non-appearance on September 8 last month. The Judicial Magistrate later issued a written order cancelling the arrest warrant in exchange for Rs 30,000 in bail bonds and asking him to appear in person on October 6 at his lawyer's request.
Following a court order, a complaint was filed against them under Section 295P at the Akbari Gate police station in Lahore. Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed have arrest warrants issued against them. On the allegation of counsel Sardar Manzoor Chandio, who had asked the court for legal action against them, a case was launched against Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed.
After the lawsuit was filed, the court summoned the two defendants, who both appeared in court in September 2020 and were granted bail. After the song "Accept" was released in August 2020, they were sued. Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar were photographed completing a wedding ceremony at Wazir Ali Khan Mosque in "Kabul," but they were accused of dancing within the mosque.
Both actors denied dancing in the mosque, claiming that they had just shot the wedding ceremony there and that formal permission had been sought from the authorities.