Pakistani Actress Gets 26years For Blasphemy


A popular Pakistani actress, Veena Malik has gotten a 26 years prison sentence for “malicious acts” of blasphemy after appearing in a staged wedding scene that was based on the marriage of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter. UPI puts it this way:

The wedding was part of a daytime program created and aired by Geo TV. It triggered a sudden wave of controversy in the Islamic community even though similar scenes had been aired earlier with little or no notice.

“The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt their feelings, which cannot be taken lightly, and there is need to strictly curb such tendency,” stated the ruling by the anti-terrorism court.

Malik, who is currently in Dubai, said she was “shocked” by the sentence. “We are born Muslims and all I can say is that we have not done any mistakes,” she told the Times of India. “We are innocent and that is why I am going to Pakistan to face it. It is not a blasphemy in any way.”

It’s unclear if the sentence will be enforced. The court order is to be imposed in the city of Gilgit, but control of Gilgit is shared between Pakistan and the India-claimed Kashmir region, so jurisdiction is uncertain. In any case, Malik would have to return to Pakistan to be imprisoned.