Pakistan angry over ‘bold’ photo shoot of a band near Quaid-e-Azam memorial

Images of a band circulated on social media have sent Pakistan’s Twitter-verse into frenzy. The photos, which have become the talk of the town, are of a photoshoot where two young band members – a man and a woman – can be seen wearing “obscene and offensive” clothes.

After the mystical shayari, the band in question posted their bold pictures on a social handle taken near the Quaid-e-Azam memorial in Islamabad, it sparked outrage among various sections of Pakistan society. Some comments came for the location of the shoot while more were subject to the choice of clothing used in the photo shoot. A case has also been registered against all the people who complained through Twitter.

“Who gave them permission,” asked one Twitter user, while someone objected to the choice of the shooting site.

Journalist Ansar Abbasi tagged the relevant authorities on Twitter and demanded the arrest of the band members for “spreading obscenity”. Islamabad’s deputy commissioner’s office then urged people to inform the authorities about the two.

Based on a citizen’s complaint, the law enforcers filed a case against the band members at the Coral police station. The complaint alleges that the band members took photographs in loose clothes and themselves made the pictures viral on social media.

Meanwhile, after widespread moral policing and messages disapproving of the photos, Mystical Shayari quit Instagram and deleted her account. In their last social post, the band accused a man of starting a hate campaign against them. The post slammed the person’s social media account for “recklessly raising” the “Twitter hate-storm” against them.

“Since then, we have been subject to a relentless barrage of hate messages, threats and furious transphobic ridicule,” his last post read.


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