The Punjab Auqaf and Religious Affairs Department has banned the shooting of films and dramas in mosques and shrines after the recent controversy surrounding Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar’s latest song Qubool which was shot at Lahore’s historical Masjid Wazir Khan.

According to details, a notification dated August 13, 2020, states that if any act is recorded in a mosque or a shrine, the relevant manager and zonal administrator would be responsible.

The approval to shoot a documentary in these sites will be subject to consultation with the department of religious affairs, it adds.



The Auqaf department’s notification specified that no shooting featuring a woman in a shrine or mosque will be allowed.

Approximately 544 shrines and 437 mosques fall under the management of the department, which has been listed in its notification issued last week.

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The decision came after public outcry against the shoot of a music video featuring Bilal Saeed and Saba Qamar at Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore. Though the two artists publicly apologised for hurting public sentiment and removed the sequence from their music video, they received a lot of backlash and cases were also registered over the scene picturized at the mosque.