Veena Malik sentenced 26 years jail term


Pakistani starlet Veena Malik and her husband Bashir along with the owner of Pakistan's biggest media group, Geo TV was sentenced 26 years jail term for airing a blasphemous programme on TV. Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of Geo and Jang group was accused of airing an irreligious programme in May.

The programme was showed live on Geo TV where Veena Malik danced with her husband Bashir while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter. The court termed the act as malevolent.

Judge Shahbaz Khan sentenced both Malik, Bashir, Mir Shakil along with TV host Shaista Wahidi a jail term of 26 years each and imposed a 1.3 million Pakistani rupees fine on the convicts. The court says the passport of the four convicts needs to be surrender and in case the convicts fail to pay the fine then their properties might be sold to recover the money.

The court also ordered the police to arrest the four convicts. The Judge added that the convict can appeal in the regional high court in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Veena Malik who is blessed with a baby boy early this year shocked over the case verdicts, "I am shocked to hear about the decision. This is probably the fastest court trial because it started two months ago when I was in the US. I wasn't even present in the court when it gave the decision. But higher courts are available in Pakistan and I have full faith in higher courts. I am going to fight my case," Ms Malik told NDTV.

This is not the first time Veena Malik roped into controversy. She has always been controversy’s favourite child. She hit the headlines when fatwa was issued against the actress-model when she posed nude for a magazine cover. She was also in the news for her alleged affair with actor Ashmit Patel.Veena Malik came into limelight when she took part in the reality show, 'Bigg Boss'.