The PJ Tatler

Pakistan Sentences Actress Veena Malik to 26 Years in Prison for 'Blasphemy'

26 years. That’s a heavy sentence, which Malik has called “ridiculous.”

In America, you’ll only get a year in prison for blaspheming Islam. Perhaps we’ll catch up to Pakistan before too long.

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court presented the sentence, accusing the media organisation of airing “blasphemous content” on one of its programmes.

DNA reported that the charges, subsequent arrest, and sentencing occurred as Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was accused of allowing the telecast of a staged mock marriage between Malik and her husband Asad Bashir, while a religious song was played in the background.

As reported by CNN-IBN, along with Malik, Bashir, and Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, TV host Shaista Wahidi was also convicted of the crime and given a 26-year prison sentence.

In addition to the prison sentence, the court has ordered fines and that all the convicteds’ property be sold off to pay that fine.

While the trial was going on, “extremists” who weren’t judges on the court threatened to kill those on trial. Those threats continue.

The Bollywood actress was recently married and has a baby boy.

In 2013, she admitted an ambition to seek political office in her native Pakistan. That made her a threat to the Islamists who hate freedom, humanity and all beautiful things. Now she cannot live in Pakistan at all.