‘Cultural Terrorism’: Protests erupt over US gay rights event

Religious parties held rallies in major cities to denounce a gay rights event hosted by the United States embassy.


Afp July 05, 2011

KARACHI:


Rallies were organised on Monday to denounce a gay rights event hosted last month by the United States embassy, calling for a “holy war” against ally Washington.


Around 100 demonstrators in Karachi protested, calling the meeting “an assault on Pakistan’s Islamic culture”, while there were similar demonstrations in the capital Islamabad and in Lahore.

“We condemn the American conspiracy to encourage bisexualism in our country,” said Mohammad Hussain Mehnati, city chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), 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.

A statement posted on the US Embassy website said its Islamabad office hosted its first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Celebration on June 26.



Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2011.

COMMENTS (50)

Sofia Bano | 9 years ago | Reply

@SAJID NAWAZ RAJA _ what rock are you living in? Gay rights for your information was first evolved in Europe, in fact America arrived to the party rather later. Are you making a comic comment Islamic Penal Code, like all sorts of adulatory and fornication - do we have enough prisons to incarcerate all the "evil doers" you sound like the President of Iran who denies homosexuality exists in Iran and all queers will be stoned to death...? Is that the Iran's Islamic Penal Code? I think you are a paisa short and a rupee late all your mumbo-jumbo of of trying to join forces with to interact with counterparts in the American Religious Society,who are struggling against this gay thing. For your information the American Religious Society despise Muslims so good luck with them!

Bushra Minhas | 9 years ago | Reply The hysteria by some of our troubled Pakistanis are beyond belief. Some of the mentally challenged are depicting this as a "terrorist act" by the US Embassy? Give me a break, we need a reality check here, we insist on Pakistan being an Islamic state. Is it because of Islam that Karachi has become a field of murder? Is it these same Islamic men that gaze in lust women on the street? Is this the same group who demand Islamic principles then abuse their wives and molest children? Is these the same people who follow the daily prayers but are deep in corruption and cookery.? If Islam is the founding rock of our society why is Pakistan the most deposed, terror and violent nation in Asia.
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