Lahore: While the video of the recording of the song in the historic Masjid Wazir Khan went viral, the move is being strongly condemned by social and religious circles. Has ordered
The video of the song of actress Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed has gone viral on social media. The song was filmed in the historic Wazir Khan Mosque in which the sanctity of the mosque has been violated.
According to sources, the Punjab Endowment Department had conditionally allowed the private production house to record in the mosque. In these terms, it has been made clear that no such thing will be done in the mosque which would violate the sanctity of the mosque.
The endowment department has also banned commercial photography of weddings in Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque and other mosques. According to endowment sources, the private production house has recorded songs there in violation of SOPs.
The move is being strongly condemned by religious circles after the video of the song being shot in the mosque went viral on social media.
Muttahida Ulema Board Punjab Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi has demanded ban on commercial video and photography in mosques.
Social media users say that how did the endowment department allow the recording of songs in a sacred institution like a mosque? Users have demanded action from the government.
On the other hand, Provincial Minister for Endowments, Pir Saeed Al Hassan Shah, taking notice of the incident, has ordered Secretary Endowments, Dr. Shad Ahmed, to immediately suspend the concerned officials, and has demanded an inquiry report within three days. Parsaid Saeed Al Hassan Shah said that such irresponsible incidents will not be tolerated at all, the sanctity of mosques and holy religious places will be maintained at all costs.
Explanation of artists
On the other hand, Bilal Saeed and actress Saba Qamar have clarified from their Twitter accounts that only scenes of the marriage ceremony were filmed in the historic mosque and music is not included in the background of these scenes. Both artists say they still apologize for hurting people’s hearts.
Sabahat Qamar Zaman (born 5 April 1984), known professionally as Saba Qamar, is a Pakistani actress and television presenter. One of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid celebrities, her roles have been credited as a significant departure from the traditional portrayal of women in Urdu television. Qamar is the recipient of several accolades,
including four Lux Style Awards, and a Filmfare Award nomination. The Government of Pakistan honoured her with the highest civilian honour Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2012, and the Pride of Performance in 2016.
After making her acting debut in 2005 with the television series Mein Aurat Hoon, Qamar garnered praise for her role of Fatima Jinnah in the historical drama Jinnah Ke Naam (2007). This was followed by a series of roles which led to a setback in her career.
The 2010 pre-partition drama Dastaan marked a turning point in her career, established her as a leading actress in Urdu television. She went on to receive wide critical praise for her portrayal of a struggling women in the 2010 melodrama Uraan, a manipulative and self-obsessed women in the 2011 romance Maat, a middle class women in the 2011 drama Jo Chale To Jaan Se Guzar Gaye, a struggling wife in the romance Yahan Pyar Nahin Hai, a caregiver in the 2013 thriller Sannata, a woman troubled by her family in the 2013 revenge drama Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi, a headstrong women in the 2013 romantic drama Bunty I Love You, a struggling writer in the 2014 family drama Digest Writer,
a rape victim in the 2015 romance Sangat, an actress and a fashion model in the 2016 dramas Mein Sitara and Besharam, gaining her several Best Actress awards and nominations for each of them. Qamar continued to draw praise for portraying Fouzia Azeem and Noor Jehan in the 2017 biographical dramas Baaghi and Main Manto, and a lawyer in the 2019 courtroom drama Cheekh. Her performance in the first of these earned her the Lux Style Award for Best Television Actress.
Qamar began her film career with a supporting role in the critically acclaimed Sarmad Khoosat-directed biographical film Manto (2015), and had her first commercial success with the 2016 romantic comedy Lahore Se Aagey. Qamar subsequently received critical acclaim for her portrayal of a nouveau riche in her first Hindi film, the comedy drama Hindi Medium (2017), which earned her several award and nominations, including Filmfare, and ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
In addition to acting, Qamar is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. She features in listings of the nation’s most popular personalities, has participated in concert tours and stage shows, has featured as a host and comedian on the political satire Hum Sab Umeed Se Hain (2009–2015), and launched her on YouTube channel in 2020. Despite maintaining privacy, Qamar’s off-screen life is the subject of substantial media coverage.