Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Pakistani actress Veena Malik’s nude 'ISI' photo stirs controversy; decried by local media as fake

Update, Monday, 8:43 a.m.: Malik is suing FHM for millions of dollars, accusing it of publishing photos she says were doctorede, her lawyer said. FHM editor Kabeer Sharma says they have received the legal notice. “The allegations are entirely false and we are investigating various options, including a countersuit,” he said.

Not only did Pakistani actress Veena Malik pose nude on the cover of the Indian edition of men’s magazine FHM, but she did it sporting “ISI” on her arm, the initials of Pakistan’s spy agency.

BBC reports that the cover has caused quite the sensation in Pakistan, where local media are quoting a spokesman for Malik as saying she never participated in the shoot. The editor of FHM India, however, says nothing was doctored. “We have video footage of the shoot as well as e-mails from Veena about how she’s looking forward to the cover,” Kabeer Sharma told the BBC.

The controversy comes on the heels of a tense week for Pakistan, in which NATO airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, an incident Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) blamed on ISI, which he said was actively supporting terorrist organizations. Senior officials in recent months have repeatedly accused ISI of supporting militants based in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Pakistan has denied such allegations.

Sharma says having ISI written on Malik’s arm was just intended as a joke. “In India we joke about this . . . if anything goes wrong . . . we say the ISI must be behind this.”

But Pakistan’s media aren’t finding it funny, with the Express Tribune staunchly declaring that the “viral photo is fake.”

Malik has stirred up controversy before. In 2010, she outraged conservatives for appearing on Indian reality show “Bigg Boss,” a show similar to “Big Brother.” In March of this year, she challenged a Pakistani cleric on television.

Male Pakistani actor Osman Khalid Butt also rose eyebrows back home this week after he recorded a “foul-mouthed” video. In the video, Butt attempts to use as many of the 1,500 English and Urdu words recently banned  by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority from use in text messages that he can.

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