The US Embassy has arranged the first ever gay, lesbians and transgender pride celebration ceremony in Islamabad.The US Embassy issued a press release on June 26 in which it made it public that Charge d’ Affaires Ambassador Richard Hoagland, and members of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) hosted Islamabad Embassy’s first ever gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Pride Celebration on June
26.Over 75 people including mission officers, US
military representatives, foreign diplomats, and leaders of Pakistani GLBT advocacy groups attended the ceremony. In formal remarks, the charge d’ affaires underscored President Obama’s May 31, 2011 GLBT Pride Proclamation: “We rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity”.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Pakistan and can carry severe punishments.American come mocking islam, our values, our beliefs.They are doing their best to make the act of homosexuality normal. they are against natural instinct.
We condemn the American conspiracy to encourage bisexualism in our country,” said Mohammad Hussain Mehnati, city chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan’s largest Islamic party, while leading a rally.“They have destroyed us physically, imposed the so-called war on terrorism on us and now they have unleashed cultural terrorism on us,” he said above the din of slogans of “Death to America” by his party cadres.(dawnnews)
Pakistan’s penal code, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is punishable by either a fine or imprisonment, the UNHCR says.But under Sharia laws in Pakistan, which were introduced in 1990, homosexual acts can draw punishments of whipping, imprisonment or even death.The meeting was the second most
dangerous attack by the U.S. against Pakistan, following missiles fired from unmanned drones,“Such people are the curse of society and social garbage,” the statement released by Jamaat-e-Islami read.
On the other hand, US Embassy’s function ignited a hot debate throughout the country. As a matter of fact this has divided the masses in two halves; majority condemning the move while others are seen favouring the US Embassy’s move to announce backing and supporting the lesbian bisexualism and transgender in Pakistan. Most people learnt of the celebration organised on June 26 through a statement posted in the ‘press releases’ section of the US Embassy website.
has widely been condemned by the masses. “Why would the US like to court a few engaged in an activity considered immoral in the country at the cost of the majority and then complain about Pakistanis being hostile to them. It must realise and respect laws of Pakistan which do not allow gay marriages and celebration at all,” Mumtaz Naqvi, a social activist said.
It is pertinent to mention here that, during the event at the US embassy, Charge d’Affaires Richard Hoagland acknowledged the struggle for LGBT rights in Pakistan.
“I want to be clear: the US Embassy is here to support you and stand by your side every step of the way,” Hogland said. However, a well-known personality in political circles of country, defend the rights of homosexuals and said they have full right to live their lives as they want.(Nation)
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