Musaddiq Malek calls out Maria B over campaign shoot on historic burial ground in Bahawalpur

Web Desk 11:21 PM | 12 Mar, 2023
Musaddiq Malek calls out Maria B over campaign shoot on historic burial ground in Bahawalpur
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Extemporaneous statements and incorrigible behaviour are two factors that are starting to define Pakistani fashion designer Maria Butt, popularly known as Maria B, instead of her signature haute couture. The designer's untoward stints every now and then are not only putting her brand in jeopardy but also offending millions of other people.

With yet another blood-boiling, skin-crawling, exasperating incident instigated by Maria, the internet is disgruntled, to say the least, including Musaddiq Malek, an actor associated with the Bahawalpur community who believes that is crucial to preserve cultural heritage and the significance of ancestral properties, particularly in a country like Pakistan which has a rich cultural history. 

For background context, Changez Khan, grandson of Sahibzada Mohammad Daud Khan Abbasi, son of the last nawab of the Abbasi family from Bahawalpur — who were once the nawabs of the princely state — called out the brand for its misuse of their private family graveyard to shoot for the designer's new collection 'Roohi,' with pictures initially posted on Facebook on Thursday.  

When Khan lambasted the brand on his Instagram account accusing Maria B of an unauthorized photoshoot where a model twirled in her dress over his "Nana’s grave," all hell broke loose. 

In response to the backlash, the fashionista apologized for the "unfortunate incident" and stated that "the shoot was edited and published without any prior knowledge" however, the internet isn't buying Maria's implausible story. The Facebook page also deleted the pictures and videos from the campaign.

Alike many others, Malek condemned the designer for showing blatant disrespect towards the cultural and historical significance of the burial ground and the community's sentiments.

The incident since sparked a debate about the use of private properties for commercial purposes and the need for sensitivity towards cultural and historical heritage. It highlights the need for brands and individuals to be mindful of the cultural and historical significance of private properties and to act with sensitivity and respect toward them.

The place is discussion is an old Royal Graveyard in Ahmadpur Sharqiya Tehsil of Bahawalpur where Abbasi Nawab family heads have been laid to rest while only members of the Abbasi family and people who come to pray at the graves are allowed in that area. 

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The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

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Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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