However, photos in the Pakistani media have shown Bakhtiar being helped by a male instructor during a charity parachute jump in France last month to raise money for victims of the devastating October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Another picture shows a woman – apparently Bakhtiar – hugging the instructor.
Two clerics at Islamabad’s Red Mosque, in reaction to the media report, issued a fatwa demanding her dismissal, two days after setting up a court to deliver Islamic justice in a bold challenge to President General Pervez Musharraf. [I didn’t hug instructor: Pak minister]
The cultural capital of the country Varanasi has reacted sharply to the kissing by Hollywood actor Richard Gere of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty during an HIV/AIDS awareness programme at New Delhi.
The self-styled cultural cops of Shiv Sena took out a procession and torched an effigy of Shetty to register their protest at Luxa area here today. The Shiv Sainiks were raising slogans such as ‘Shilpa Shetty hosh mein aao’, ‘Hindustan ki sanskriti se khilwad band karo’ and ‘nari ka apman band karo’.[Sainiks torch Shilpa Shetty’s effigy]
Next time Manmohan Singh sees Musharraf, he better not hug him.