Naked rage at a body politic

 
India and Pakistan are going nuclear over this smoking-hot magazine cover showing a naked Pakistani star wearing nothing but a provocative political tattoo. Readers across the region dropped their jaws at the sight of actress Veena Malik on the cover of FHM India, flashing a smoldering gaze and the tattooed letters “ISI” — apparently in reference to Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence. The photo essay, in FHM’s December issue, was meant to satirize the tense relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Conservatives in Pakistan have lambasted Malik’s spread, with one fundamentalist cleric saying it was a “shame for all Muslims.”
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BOMBSHELL” ROCKS INDIA AND PAKISTAN

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by David K. Li

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India and Pakistan are going nuclear over this smoking-hot magazine cover showing a naked Pakistani star wearing nothing but a provocative political tattoo.

Readers across the region dropped their jaws at the sight of actress Veena Malik on the cover of FHM India, flashing a smoldering gaze and the tattooed letters “ISI” — apparently in reference to Pakistan’s spy agency, ISI.

The photo essay, in FHM’s December issue, was meant to satirize the tense relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Conservatives in Pakistan have lambasted Malik’s spread, with one fundamentalist cleric saying it was a “shame for all Muslims.”

Even her father, Malik Muhammad Aslam, took a shot at her, saying authorities should come down on the star for posing nude and bringing embarrassment to Pakistan.

“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,” her father told AFP.

“I can ignore if she disobeys me, but I cannot tolerate anything against my country and my faith.”

And Veena herself is taking shots at the pictorial — or at least the magazine that published it.

She’s filed a $2 million lawsuit against FHM, insisting she posed topless but not nude, as the lad mag depicts.

FHM’s pictures feature Malik apparently in the buff, with only crossed legs and clever camera angles providing some modesty.

Her lawyer, Ayaz Bilawala, said her client Malik was wearing underwear.

“For all the images and photographs which were shot, Veena had clothes on,” the suit claims.

FHM India editor Kabeer Sharma said the photos are authentic and claimed there’s video footage of the shoot to prove it.

“It’s a considered decision on our part not to make that video public because of the nature of the video,” he said.

“The allegations are entirely false, and we are investigating various options, including a countersuit.”

Malik, 33, concedes she agreed to the temporary tattoo. But in her suit, she says she didn’t know the initials would be controversial.

FHM officials told her the mark would be “good for her image” and assured her that “there will be no repercussion and/or ill effect if our client wears the said tattoo,” according to the civil complaint filed in Mumbai.

Incredibly, Malik said she believed the letters could stand for any number of institutions.

“To our client’s knowledge, there are about 56 institutions with the abbreviation ‘ISI’ all over the world,” her lawyer wrote.

Sharma, the FHM editor, says the tattoo is funny, telling the BBC: “In India, we joke about this . . . If anything goes wrong . . . we say the ISI must be behind this.”

Malik is no stranger to controversy. On “Big Boss,” India’s answer to the reality-TV show “Big Brother,” she appeared to get busy with an Indian actor.

But she has won fans among liberal and younger circles in Pakistan for speaking out against honor killings and sexual abuse.

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