A lawyer has approached the court because he wants an FIR registered against the administration of the National College of Arts and publishers of an art journal for “promoting homosexuality and mocking religious values by publishing nude photographs and obscene articles”.
Advocate Abid Ali has filed the petition, through his counsel Advocate Mumtaz Ahmed Mangat, in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed. The judge on Friday issued a notice for June 12 to the Old Anarkali SHO on the petition that seeks registration of an FIR against 14 people for publishing ‘objectionable material’ in the journal Sohbet.
Ali said that he had recently come across the third issue of the journal that is described as a journal of contemporary arts and culture. He submitted that in the issue, he read an article ‘Shedding the Fig Leaf’ by Asim Akhtar. He said he was shocked when he read the article and saw the prints of the paintings. It was obscene, he said, adding that the author had tried to promote homosexuality and had mocked Islamic values and ethics.
Such obscene writings and paintings hurt the sentiments of Muslims should not be allowed to be circulated, the petitioner said. He warned that such publications would lead to riots.
Advocate Ali told the court that the journal was published under the supervision of the administration of the National College of Arts. He said that the journal is a joint venture of the National College of Arts and One Nine Two (Pvt) Ltd, which he said is headed Muhammad Ali.
He has named members of the editorial board – Atteqa Ali, Nazish Ataullah, Saroosh Irfani and Ayesha Jatoi – designer Hasnat Mehmood, copy editor Liana Krissoff, art critic Asim Akhtar, Portraitors Muhammad Ali, Anwar Saeed, Samlam Toor, Syed Faraz Ali, Ahsan Masood and chief executive of the publishing company One Nine Two (Pvt) Ltd as respondents.
He approached the SHO of the police station concerned for the registration of an FIR, he said, but claimed that the SHO had ignored his request. He prayed the court to direct the Old Anarkali SHO to register an FIR against the respondents.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.