Actress Veena Malik sentenced to 26-year in prison with fine

Nilofer Ansari 

Pakistani actress Veena Malik who made her mark in bollywood, has enjoyed the stardom and then selected to live a happily married life with her husband Asad Bashir Khatak and her new born baby. It seems that Veena Malik was quite happy in her life but suddenly controversy never seem to leave her away as her problems are not coming to an end till now. Recently Veena Malik and her husband was awarded by the court for 26-year incarcerations and was also fined them Rs. 1.3 million Pakistani money. A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced the owner of the country’s biggest media group Geo TV to 26 years in prison for broadcasting a show which they said it was blasphemous. The verdict against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman along with the host of the show and two guests, including Veena Malik, was announced by an anti-terror court in the city of Gilgit, which is controlled by Pakistan territory but also part of the Kashmir region which India also claims. The morning show was broadcasted live on Geo TV in May featuring Malik dancing with her new husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) daughter. Malik returned to Dubai two weeks ago from the US after giving birth to a baby boy. Her lawyer has already started the work to appeal against the verdict in higher courts.
Shocked Veena Malik said, ” Its a shock to me but I have complete faith in Pakistan’s higher courts and judiciary … This court works separately from the other courts in Pakistan. There are higher courts in Pakistan such as the Supreme Court. Whenever there is an issue a court will look into the facts of the case. We were not even present in the court at the time of the verdict. I have belief and trust in courts.”

Geo Television Network was accused of blasphemy after it ran a program insulting the family of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The four people including Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, Shaista lodhi, Veena Malik and her husband Asad Bashir Khatak convicted were also ordered to pay a fine by selling their properties and surrender their passports, according to a copy of the court order. Veena maintains that she’s innocent and would never commit blasphemy. “We are planning to return to Pakistan in December. I have always been a person who faced troubles by looking it in the eye. I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong.”