Nawaz govt in dock after court sentences MSR, Shaista and Veena for 26 years in jail over blasphemy

By Sarmad Ali
Islamabad (Pak Destiny) The Nawaz Sharif government is in the dock after an anti-terrorism court of Gilgit Biltistan today convicted Geo/Jang group owner Mir Shakilur Rehman, anchor Shaista Lodhi, controversial actress Veena Malik and her husband Asad Khatak for 26 years each in jail.
Judge Raja Shahbaz Khan also imposed Rs1.3 million fine on each of them. The accused has been convicted for committing blasphemy in the honour of the family of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The court also directed the police chiefs of other provinces to arrest the convicts and put them behind the bar.
Sources in the PML-N told Pak Destiny that the court’s decision had made the Nawaz government worried as Shakilur Rehman was its big media ally. “Even some of the PML-N ministers are serving MSR. How the government can go after its own friend,” they said.
The PML-N ministers held a meeting after the court’s order and discussed ways to save their ‘friend’s neck’.
MSR and other will challenge the decision in the high court. – Pak Destiny

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