Veena Malik shocked at conviction for blasphemy

veena-malik Pakistani actress Veena Malik has expressed “shock” at a Pakistan court sentencing her and her husband, among others, to 26 years in jail on blasphemy charges. However, she says her faith in the country’s judicial system is intact and she plans to take the fight for justice forward.

An anti-terrorism court in Gilgit-Baltistan Tuesday sentenced Veena, her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak, Geo TV owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and TV host Shaista Lodhi over a controversial morning show, which was aired May 14

In the episode, Veena was seen dancing with her husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet’s daughter.

The court also sentenced the convicts to pay fines of 1.3 million Pakistani rupees (about $12,500) each.

Veena sent out a statement Wednesday, saying: “It’s a shock to me but I have complete faith in Pakistan’s higher courts and judiciary… This court works separately from the other courts in Pakistan. There are higher courts in Pakistan such as the Supreme Court.”

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