Veena Malik, the Pakistani Muslim model at the centre of the FHM Magazine India row who was reported missing has turned up safe in a hotel in India. Malik, who posed nude for the Indian version of FHM magazine, apparently vanished last week, causing her manager, Pratiek Mehta, to report her missing. He became worried after she had told him she had received several death threats over the photos.
UK MIRROR UK DAILY MAIL The controversial Pakistani model and actress, who is suing FHM magazine after she claimed they doctored photos to make her look nude, had not been seen since Friday, Dec. 16th morning.
Malik appeared naked on the cover of the December issue of FHM India with just her arms and legs covering her modesty, sporting a tattoo of the initials ‘ISI’ on her arm, a reference to Pakistan’s intelligence agency. The image sparked outrage in her homeland.
She said: ‘The image we shot was completely different to the one on the cover. I was wearing hot pants and they promised me they would cover my upper body with multiple tattoos. ‘Instead, they removed the hot pants.’
Malik, who appeared on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, created controversy earlier this month when FHM India published a nude picture of her on its cover. Since the pictures appeared of her, with just an ISI (an acronym for the Pakistan spy agency) fake tattoo on her arm, she has been the subject of death threats from militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba.
The Lahore-based militants issued a statement saying: “She has made fun of all Muslim women and brought shame to the entire nation. Veena Malik will be dealt with accordingly on her return to Pakistan.”
Spokesman Abu Usama added ominously: “Our faithful are prepared to welcome her.” And prominent Muslim cleric Maulana Abdul Qawi warned of a fatwa against Malik for shaming Islam.
Malik said attitudes in Pakistan were from the ‘Stone Age’, adding: “The things I have done in life, I have the guts to stand by. This is my body; this is my life.” Vowing not to back down she said she was being vilified by her compatriots.
“This attitude, I’m sorry, is in the society. When they say they have become modern, grown up, that’s wrong. They still live in the Stone Age.”
Veena Malik has also been accused by the Indian and Pakistan media of deliberately courting controversy to further her career. She insisted she was deeply hurt by the accusations the FHM controversy had been engineered, saying she wanted “justice”.
But she revealed today that since launching her lawsuit, she has been threatened in an attempt to get her to drop it.
Since then, Malik says she has received a legal notice from FHM India which she claims was ‘aggressive’ in tone, and she says threatened her with character defamation if she did not retract her allegations.
Malik said: ‘I did not sign any contract and refused to until I was given final approval of the images. I was never sent the pictures but I was assured they were the same shots taken on the shoot in November. ‘I was cool with those pictures because I felt they were artistic and beautiful. They should have waited for my authorisation but they didn’t.