SHC approached against 'Pakistani’s gay marriage' in Sweden

Published: June 29, 2013

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has been requested to direct a government act against a Pakistani citizen. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has been requested to direct a government act against a Pakistani citizen who has reportedly solemnized gay marriage in Sweden.

Muhammad Imran Shahzad from the United Human Rights Commission went to court against the Government of Sindh and the federal ministries of foreign affairs, interior affairs and religious affairs.

In his plea, Shahzad had reported that a Pakistani named Muhammad Yaqoob had recently solemnized gay marriage in Sweden in violation of Islamic laws, but the Pakistani ambassador there was mum over the matter.

The petitioner also claimed to be in possession of a marriage certificate issued by the Swedish authorities which stated that Muhammad Yaqoob and Asadullah Mehsood had been legally married. He also claims that he has photo of the marriage ceremony.

Shahzad contended that the gay marriage involving a Pakistani citizen was illegal because it was against Islamic ideology and the laws of the country.

He has sought approval from the foreign affairs ministry to condemn such marriages and has plead for a case be lodged against Muhammad Yaqoob for violating the country’s laws.

He also stated that Pakistani ambassadors posted in other countries were failing to preach the Islamic religious teachings among their communities and pleaded to the court to direct them.

The petition is expected be taken up for hearing in the coming days.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Rehan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:29PM

    Haha. Interesting!
    I’m a Pakistani too — in the west and have been married to my Indian partner for just over two years now (we just had our anniversary!). I feel that if this man heard about my life choices he would go mad with intolerant rage – I’m gay, living in the west, AND married to an Indian. :p
    Regards,
    Rehan

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  • bash gul
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:30PM

    another gimmick. So they are in Sweden, a free country. Now they got publicity and now they will get political asylum in Sweden. So why waste time for the courts in Pakistan.

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  • Tolerance
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Perhaps if the same right was extended to them in Pakistan, they wouldn’t have to go there in the first place. It’s really irritating when you see individuals in Pakistan assuming the role of saviours of Islam. Live and let live Mr!

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  • Tamur
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:35PM

    SHC nor the Pakistani Ambassador have any power to stop a marriage in Sweden. What a stupid case this is. The man is answerable to Allah not SHC for his act. It is also not the ambassador’s job to preach Islam abroad.

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  • excalibur
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:47PM

    another idiotic petition and as usual the Court has accepted to hear it as well.

    For the deaf and blind , this is the new route to gaining immigration/citizenship by using their own rules and more Pakistanis should do the same and later divorce no one is asking them to consummate such a marriage,

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  • CC
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Some one seems jealous haha, otherwise why worry about a gay couple in Sweden?

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  • Fawwad
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:53PM

    Pakistani laws don’t apply there. This petition is stupid. Let them live!

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  • Musa
    Jun 29, 2013 - 6:59PM

    this all is being done inorder to help them get Asylum in Sweden. smart playing.

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  • Alikulikhan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:07PM

    The petitioner should be referred to a psychiatrist and punished for wasting court’s precious time.

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:27PM

    @bash gul:

    You mean people are so desperate to leave pakistan that they will become gay for it?

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  • Farhan
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:42PM

    So what is this man doing in the United Human Rights Commission? He should be in the Council for Islamic Ideology (CII) or the ministry of vice and virtue

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  • doom
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Trying to impose Islamic law in Sweden is like trying to buy things at a real bazaar with Monopoly money. Like going to the market and screaming “I use this money to buy real estate in my monopoly world! So why won’t YOU take it?!”

    Somebody ought to explain to Mr. Shahzad how laws work. Your laws only work in your country.

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  • Utkarsh Singh
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:50PM

    If it’s a gimmick, then it’s a different matter, but if it’s not, well, what’s really against Islamic ideology? Love? Because that makes perfect historic sense.

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  • Tariq Ali Sial
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:51PM

    I guess Muhammad Imran Shahzad is in love with Muhammad Yaqoob so he got infuriated over his marriage and file a petition in the court.. lol

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  • Arif
    Jun 29, 2013 - 7:52PM

    @ Rehan, all power to you man!

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  • alepo
    Jun 29, 2013 - 8:11PM

    gays bigots will not spare you even in the west. . hiliarious peson. .BTW what he is doing in United Human Rights commission

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  • ABC
    Jun 29, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Lol @Tariq Ali Sial

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  • ashar
    Jun 29, 2013 - 8:42PM

    God Bless you Shahzad.

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  • Afrooz
    Jun 29, 2013 - 8:46PM

    This has frivolous law suit written all over it. As it is the courts are buried under cases that have not been resolved in years. So why are they entertaining such petitions? It will be good if the SHC reprimands and fines Mohd Shahzad for wasting their time so that it will serve as a warning for other fools waiting in the queue.

    Oh and one more thing Mr. Shahzad, please change your job. You need to understand basic human freedoms, before you can work in human rights. Also preaching religion is not the job of the ambassador. It looks like you are really confused about job responsibilities, be it your own or that of others.

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  • Rafidi
    Jun 29, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Hilarious. Rates right up there with “directing” Google to open a country office in Pakistan so they can haul the poor guys in front of the court and blabber on about blasphemy !!!!!!

    What next, register a case against me because i am in the UK and support drone strikes against terrorists !!!!!!!

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  • richard
    Jun 29, 2013 - 9:24PM

    case of getting asylum but muddied by a love triangle

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  • expaki
    Jun 29, 2013 - 9:35PM

    @alepo: hiliarious peson. .BTW what he is doing in United Human Rights commission :-)))
    his national hobby, extracting money, what else.

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  • Kashif
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:15PM

    People really need to get a life .. And get a cure for their attention seeking disorder lol .. We already have one meera ..

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  • Ammar
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:17PM

    Tableeghi jamaat failed even after spending so much on travels. I guess all the ambassadors should be from the TJ :p

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Why is it necessary for Mr. Shahzad to interfere in the personal affairs of someone else? So what if he is gay? So what if he getting married against Islamic norms? Maybe if it was IN Pakistan, he could say it is against the law here (though it shouldn’t be). But he is in ANOTHER country. He is in Sweden. Not in Pakistan.

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  • ashar
    Jun 29, 2013 - 10:35PM

    I suppose that the moderator of this news comments believe that there is no wrong with the ugly act of insanity, therefore the bias of the entire debate is maintained towards gay promoting homo sapiens.

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  • Gul
    Jun 29, 2013 - 11:27PM

    I have a grate idea. I am going say I am gay and that I am persecuted in Pakistan so that I can immigrate to Sweden. Plus I live off the generous social security system.

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  • someone
    Jun 30, 2013 - 4:53AM

    Seems like Pakistani found another sneaky way to find asylum and citizenship of western countries. First there was a lesbian couple , now a gay couple. Looks like there are going to be many more.Way to go.

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  • Imran Hussain
    Jun 30, 2013 - 5:16AM

    I think it is great opportunity for the people living in Pakistan, they can immigrate to West by claiming that their sexual orientation is not acceptable by Pakistan legal system, and they need asylum to live a life according to their own belief.

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  • Roni
    Jun 30, 2013 - 6:03AM

    Except Pakistan HC and SC in any other country do not act as trial courts they are the final appeal courts. In no other country HC or SC would not even accept such petition for hearing let alone waste public funds. The courts should throw the application out wit costs.

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  • Jun 30, 2013 - 6:52AM

    I guess the relatives from Pakistan were not invited!

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:01AM

    @Gul: You are too late. For years, people have been claiming asylum in the West on for various seasons, a lot genuine but some contrived, and sponging off the generous social security system there.

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  • Babar
    Jun 30, 2013 - 8:01AM

    This petioner is a idiot of the highest level and so are the courts who are willing to listen to his petetion. No Pakistani Ambasador has the right to tell what religon the Pakistani community must follow. This only happens in a backward and brainwashed country like Pakistan. The West is a free country and all people are granted HUMAN RIGHTS of FREEDOM of CHOICE!!!!

    What business is his who ahs married who and why? Is he jealous? Does he wants to marry this fellow? Pakistanis should learn to mind their own business. If I ever come across this stupid petioner, I would like to ask him who appointed him as the spokesperson for Islam?

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  • KH
    Jun 30, 2013 - 9:19AM

    @Ammar:
    You really think Tableeghi Jamat failed?

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  • Gp65
    Jun 30, 2013 - 10:14AM

    It is amazing that Sindh high court would accept such a petition. Surely they are aware that their court does not have jurisdiction over Sweden?

    @bash gul, @richard, @gul:
    They appear to be residing in Sweden lawfully. Why would they need political asylum? In any case, it is not the gay couple who have publicized the issue – as would be the case if they were using this to seek asylum. Rather the Sindh high court who has made a mountain out of molehill by accepting such a frivolous petition over a matter where they have no jurisdiction.

    @Ashar – you may say that homosexuality is anti-Islam. I do not know enough to say whether you are right or wrong. But if you say that this is an act of insanity, then I definitely say you are wrong. There is nothing insane about being gay. In Sweden it is not illegal either.Recommend

  • Nouman Nazim
    Jun 30, 2013 - 11:06AM

    Whats wrong with men ? I think they should learn how to have healthy relation with females then I am sure they will not be afraid of them.

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  • sgrr
    Jun 30, 2013 - 11:15AM

    @Rehan:
    I am sure that you are the passive partner in this contract.

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  • Np
    Jun 30, 2013 - 11:17AM

    @Alikulikhan:
    And what should be done with he judge who accepts such a petition?

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  • Mj
    Jun 30, 2013 - 11:47AM

    @Gul:

    “I have a grate idea. I am going say I am gay and that I am persecuted in Pakistan so that I can immigrate to Sweden. Plus I live off the generous social security system.”

    What does that say about you?

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 30, 2013 - 7:22PM

    Nature has a prescribed purpose and reason for everything existing…
    Going against this purpose and reasoning will bring harm instead of any benefit to anything…in the long run-Guaranteed Try it if you dare!

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  • Pradeep
    Jul 1, 2013 - 1:53PM

    @sgrr:
    What a cheap comment. Let their private lives be private.

    @ET moderators: Request you to kindly review user sgrr’s comment once again.

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  • ahmed
    Jul 1, 2013 - 6:13PM

    why sweden, should have gone to Bannu

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  • Jul 23, 2013 - 3:59AM

    its better if they live in Sweden
    otherwise if the come to Pakistan
    they killed by public or by shariah law.
    so live there and be happ :-)

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