ISLAMABAD: Police in Pakistan opened a blasphemy investigation Tuesday against a former pop star turned preacher after he was caught on camera making allegedly disparaging remarks about one of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives.
A video of the former lead singer of the 1980s band “Vital Signs” — in which he appears to make negative remarks went viral over the weekend and led to the police case. “We have filed a blasphemy case against Junaid Jamshed in Rasala police station on the orders of Justice Ahmed Saba of the district court,” Faheem-U-Din Sheikh, spokesman for the Sunni Tehreek religious organization, told AFP from the southern city of Karachi.
Muhammad Shafique, a police official at Risala police station in Karachi, confirmed the incident.
Jamshed, 50, had earlier released a video on Facebook in which he admitted he had erred and pleaded emotionally for forgiveness.
“This is my mistake and it happened because of my ignorance and lack of knowledge and I seek forgiveness from the Muslim world,” he said.
“I request my brothers to forgive me and I am thankful to them for pointing out my mistake, it happened
unintentionally and I seek forgiveness from Allah.”
During 90s, Jamshed was one of Pakistan’s best loved pop singers, famous for hits in the 1980s such as “Dil Dil Pakistan.”