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Mir Shakeel sentenced to 26-year in prison with fine

GILGIT: The Anti-Terrorism Court in Gilgit handed out 26-year of imprisonment with fine to owner of Geo-Jang group Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman in a case pertaining to disrespecting religious values through a TV program, ARY News reported Tuesday.

Scores of petitions were filed against blasphemous program aired by Geo TV in May wherein it played manqabat (religious poetry) during re-enactment of Veena Malik’s wedding in its morning show, hosted by Shahista Lodhi, and danced on it, thus hurting sentiments of millions of viewers.

The ATC judge Raja Shahbaz announced the verdict in Mir Shakeel’s case. A fine of Rs 1.3 million was also imposed on the accused along with 26-year imprisonment.

The court also ordered seizure of Mir Shakeel’s assets and passport. It asked the IG Islamabad, IG Punjab and IG Sindh for arrest of Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman.

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