LAHORE, Pakistan — In a case involving the sanctity of the Wazir Khan Mosque, a sessions court in the provincial capital of Lahore acquitted Pakistani actors Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed.
The duo was acquitted, and Additional Sessions Judge Mahmood Mushtaq gave a written judgement on the petitions of Pakistani celebrities, stating that the accusations were without merit.
The two had previously made acquittal pleas and had been exonerated of the accusation of disturbing the mosque’s sanctity.
The accused parties did not intend to defile the mosque, according to the judge, and no proof of such purpose was discovered throughout the investigation.
The eight-page ruling said that “no evidence has appeared that the petitioners played any music at the place of worship,” and that “in my opinion, the accusation against the petitioners is groundless,” and that “there would be no need for the matter to be tried.”
Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed had previously filed a court case challenging the judicial magistrate’s ruling, which said that the recording took place with the consent of the Auqaf and religious affairs departments of Wazir Khan Mosque.
The couple insisted that no dancing was conducted inside the sacred space, and that the mosque’s sacredness was respected.
It all started when a video of Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed recording a music video at the Wazir Khan mosque went viral.