Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of Geo TV and Jang Group, was accused of allowing the airing of a blasphemous programme by Geo TV in May, which played a religious song while staging a mock marriage of Veena Malik with her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak.
Judge Shahbaz Khan also sentenced both Veena Malik and Asad Bashir Khan Khattak along with television host Shaista Wahidi for twenty six years each.
The ATC also imposed a 1.3 million Pakistani rupees fine on the convicts and ordered that their properties should be sold to raise the fine, if they failed to pay it.
The judge said in his judgment that all four accused committed profanity. The court in it’s forty page verdict also asked the police to arrest the convicts, an official said.
There are reports that all four are out of Pakistan. Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman resides in the UAE and the other three also went abroad after recieving threats by militant organisations.
It is not known when the arrests would be carried out. Both Wahidi and the Geo Group have tendered apology after the allegations were levelled but the extremists in the country refused to accept it.
On May 14, 2014 Geo TV had telecast a programme called Wuthu Jago Pakistan, which showed a mock marriage between Veena Malik and her husband.
The programme which was broadcast live on Geo TV, reportedly showed Veena Malik dancing with her her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak, while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter.
The good news for Veena Malik and there other convicts is that the verdicts by courts in the Gilgit-Baltistan region don’t apply in the rest of Pkaistan, because it isn’t considered a full-fledged province by Pakistan.
Other blasphemy cases were also registered against them in various cities, including Karachi and Islamabad.
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