'Music Clip vs a Pedophile' in Mosques: Pakistanis Question Social Priorities Amid Public Outrage

Published August 16th, 2020 - 08:54 GMT
'Music Clip vs a Pedophile' in Mosques: Pakistanis Question Social Priorities Amid Public Outrage
Online comments specifically highlighted a video that went viral four months ago, depicting a sexual assault against a minor in a Pakistani mosque. (Twitter: @amna_saeed_lhr)

Amounting public outrage in Pakistan against actors Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed continues to stir controversy in the country and across social media, especially after Pakistani authorities issued an order to investigate the two actors' appearing in a music clip whose scenes are filmed in the well-known Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.

The attack on the actors followed the music clip "Qubool,"  which was filmed at a historical mosque depicting a wedding scene, prompting thousands of Pakistanis to protest what they described as "a violation to the sanctity of holy sites." Other counter-arguments, however, pointed out that public outrage has been "selective targeting harmless art while turning a blind eye to other more-serious violations that take place in mosques."

Online comments specifically highlighted a video that went viral four months ago, in which a Muslim cleric was taped as he molested and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy who was reading Quran in the mosque in the Sindh province.

In their response to allegations of blasphemy against the two actors, social media users questioned priorities of the Pakistani society and urged people to reassess issues they think should receive the most attention.

In his first response to the public, actor Bilal Saeed posted a video on his Instagram account, in which he "offered his apologies for the music clip filmed at the mosque" and pointed out that he and other Muslim artists "will never, ever trivialize or condone disrespect to Islam or any other religion, race, caste, color or creed."

 


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