A Pakistani High Court has rejected petitions to file charges against model and actress Veena Malik, following allegedly nude photographs of her appearing on the cover of FHM India's December issue.
The petition was filed by a Salim Ullah Khan at courts in Islamabad, the country's capital, asking that the actress be tried under provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code, for obscene acts, sedition and defamation, among other charges. In addition, Khan also asked the court to confiscate her passport and order her to return to Pakistan. The court, however, rejected the pleas, pointing out that the photographs were taken and published in another country, according to a report by GEO TV.
Meanwhile, the actress has denied doing a nude photo shoot for the magazine and has claimed the photographs were morphed. She has filed a case for defamation against the magazine.
Back in Pakistan, Malik's father, Malik Mohammad Aslam, reportedly said he had disowned her.
"I have disowned her. I have severed all ties with her and I don't want her to have any share in whatever meager assets I have until she is cleared of the controversy and pledges not to visit India again," he was quoted as saying in an AFP report.