Actress' nude photo backlash
Pakistani movie star Veena Malik's naked ambition in Indian magazine outrages conservative country
A Pakistani actress who posed nude for an Indian magazine with the initials of Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency on her arm has triggered fury across the nation.
Veena Malik's covershot on FHM India's December issue has been lighting up facebook and Twitter.
Many anticipate a backlash, as nationalists and Islamists regularly stage large rallies against anything they deem an insult to Islam or national honour. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) has been accused of sponsoring terrorist attacks in India.
Malik has broken Pakistani religious and national taboos in the past. She is a target for conservative ire and a heroine to some Pakistani liberals. Conservative cleric Maulana Abdul Qawi declared on Aaj TV yesterday that her latest venture into controversy was a "shame for all Muslims".
Malik says the photo was published in violation of her agreement with FHM India. She acknowledged having been photographed for a "bold but not nude shot". She said she would "probably" take a legal action against the magazine for violating terms and conditions. Magazine editor Kabeer Sharma said Malik gave full consent.
"We have all the record(s)," he said. "Veena was very excited about that ISI idea," he added.