GILGIT: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Gilgit on Tuesday sentenced Jang-Geo group owner Shakeel-ur-Rehman, TV presenter Shaista Wahidi, Veena Malik and her husband Asad Bashir Khan t0 26 years imprisonment in a case relating to disrespecting religious personalities during a TV program, according to private media.
On Tuesday, Raja Shehbaz ATC judge also imposed 1.3 million fine on the convicts and ordered that their properties should be sold to raise the fine, if they fail to pay the fine. The court, in its 40-page decision, asked the police to arrest the convicts. The ruling added the accused can appeal in Gilgit-Baltistan Court.
Issue rises, when in a morning show broadcast by Geo TV in May where a ‘manqabat’ was played during re-enactment of Veena Malik’s wedding , a number of petitions were filed in the courts across the country against the above mentioned for hurting religious sentiment.