Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of Geo and Jang group, was accused of allowing the airing of a blasphemous programme by Geo television in May, which played a religious song while staging a mock marriage of Malik with Bashir.
Judge Shahbaz Khan also sentenced both Malik and Bashir, along with TV host Shaista Wahidi, to 26 years each. The ATC also imposed a 1.3 million Pakistani rupees fine on the convicts.
The judge said in his judgment that the four accused had committed profanity , and The court in its 40-page verdict also and asked the police to arrest them, an official said. But the order is unlikely to be implemented because the Gilgit-Baltistan region is not considered a full-fledged province by Pakistan and verdicts by its courts do not apply to the rest of the country. and ordered that their properties should be sold to raise the fine, if they fail to pay it.
He said that the convicts can appeal in the regional high court in Gilgit-Baltistan. There are reports that all four are out of Pakistan. Rahman lives in UAE and the other three also went abroad after getting threats from militant groups. It is not known when the arrests will be made. Both Wahidi and the Geo group had tendered apologies after the allegations were levelled but the extremists in the country refused to accept them.Other blasphemy cases were also registered against them in various cities, including Karachi and Islamabad.