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Saba Qamar, Bilal Saeed arrest warrant cancelled

A local judicial magistrate cancelled the bailable arrest warrants of actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed in a case of alleged desecration of Wazir Khan Masjid after the duo personally appeared before the court.

The magistrate had issued the warrants of both artists for failing to appear before the court on September 8.

On September 9, both the predators appeared along with their lawyers and requested to cancel the warrants. The magistrate accepted their request. 

Magistrate held, `In the interest of justice, the same is hereby accepted and bailable warrant for the arrest of accused persons Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed are cancelled subject to submit personal surety bonds in the sum of Rs30,000 each for their appearance.`

A session court had confirmed the bail of both the accused on September 3, 2020.

Akbari Gate police had lodged a case against the duo under section 295 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) following a court’s direction to act on an application of a lawyer as per law and decide whether a cognizable offence was made out. This law provision deals with the offence of injuring or defiling a place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class.

Complaint counsel said that the culprits trampled upon the sanctity of the mosque by their act which also sparked outrage among the citizens. He asserted that both artists could not be allowed to disgrace a worship place. 

Defence counsel in reply said that the FIR was baseless and contrary to the facts. He submitted that no dance or music took place at the mosque as alleged in the FIR. 

He claimed that both artists were innocent and falsely implicated in the case for ulterior motives. He requested to acquit both the artists from the charges. 

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