A local court in Lahore has granted the absence of actress Saba Qamar in the case of desecration of the mosque while rejecting the request of singer Bilal Saeed. The court, on the plea of both the accused, ruled in favor of Public Prosecutor Mohsin Hassan Bhatti and on the completion of arguments of the lawyers of the parties, granted pardon for the absence of Saba Qamar while rejecting the plea of singer Bilal Saeed. Both the persons had filed an apology in the court for non-attendance during the hearings, which was heard on March 16 in the District Court.
Judicial Magistrate Sarwat Batool, in a short hearing, adjourned the hearing of the case while delivering judgment on the plea of the accused of absenteeism. During the hearing, the court counsel informed the court that the accused were mocking the system by wasting court time and were trying to suspend the case. The public prosecutor requested the court to issue arrest warrants for both the accused.
Earlier in March, the court had rejected the pleas of both the accused and summoned them for indictment. However, Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed have not been indicted yet. The court had called Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar on March 16 for the charge. A lawsuit was filed against them after the song "Accept" was released in August 2020.
Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar were seen performing the marriage ceremony at Wazir Ali Khan Mosque in Qabool, but they were accused of allegedly dancing within the mosque. Both the actors had denied the allegations of dancing in the mosque premises, saying that they had only shot the marriage ceremony in the mosque and formal permission had been sought from the administration in this regard. A case under Section 295P was initially filed against them at Akbari Gate police station in Lahore following a court order.
A case was filed against Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed on the complaint of advocate Sardar Manzoor Chandio, and he had approached the court for legal action against them. The court also summoned both the accused after the case was filed, and both of them appeared in the hearings to be held in September 2020 and were granted bail.