A Pakistani model poses for an advertisement in front of Kartarpur Gurudwara; Akali Dal calls for his arrest

In a controversial twist, a Pakistani model was spotted on Monday posing for an advertisement for a womenswear brand in Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. Taking offense at this, SAD spokesman Manjinder Sirsa called it a desecration of Sikhism. Citing the arrest of an actor-singer duo for filming a dance video in a mosque in Lahore, Sirsa demanded similar treatment. He said such action would prove Pakistan’s example in treating all religions au pair, otherwise the talks were hollow.

Pakistani women models outside Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara

In the post shared by journalist Ravinder Singh Robin, the model is seen posing on the premises of Kartarpur Gurudwara in a bright red outfit, bareheaded. The announcement concerns a brand named Mannat Clothing which had uploaded several photos to its social media account. Numerous Twitter pseudonyms have denounced the brand for “harming religious feelings”.

Facing massive criticism, Pakistani Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the designer and model should apologize to the Sikh community. He added that Kartarpur Sahib is a religious symbol and not a movie set. The brand – Mannat Clothing deleted all of their posts, apologized for their mistake and distanced themselves from the shoot.

“The photos posted on our accounts are NOT part of a shoot by Mannat Clothing. These photos were provided to us by a third party (blogger) in which they were wearing our dress. Please note that Mannat has absolutely NO role in play in the decision how and where the photos were taken. However, we accept our mistake that we should not have posted this content and we apologize to everyone who was offended by this. All holy places are very sacred to us. Photos and messages have been removed from all our media channels. Once again, we wholeheartedly apologize for hurting public opinion. Believe us when we say we did not have a such intention, ”said the brand.

Recently, a Lahore District Court issued bail warrants against Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed after filming for a video song inside Lahore’s historic Wazir Khan Mosque. The duo faced flak in August 2020 after it was revealed that they had filmed footage inside the mosque while working on the video for a song “Qubool hai”. The Lahore court set a bond of Rs 30,000 each after filing a complaint for alleged desecration of the Wazir Khan Mosque.

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