Police made up story to defame us: Malik Iqbal

Published: June 12, 2010
Malik Iqbal, with Rani, speaks during a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club. PHOTO:ONLINE

Malik Iqbal, with Rani, speaks during a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club. PHOTO:ONLINE

Malik Iqbal, a trader arrested on charges of “marrying a transvestite”, has rejected charges against him, saying that he will move the court against police.

“I wasn’t marrying transvestite Kashif, also known as Rani. He is my tenant. He lives in my apartment building,” Iqbal told journalists at the Peshawar Press Club on Friday, where Rani was also present.

On May 24, police arrested Iqbal and Rani at what was described as the wedding ceremony of the pair. Forty-three other “wedding guests” were also picked up from the site. However, they were released on bail after a week.

Iqbal alleged that some police officials from the Faqirabad police station used to visit his apartment building to watch dance and to extort money from transvestites. Iqbal claimed that he had spoken to the police and asked them to stop harassing his tenants. And the police vilified him in revenge.

Iqbal said that they were picked up when they were celebrating the birthday of Rani. But police dubbed it as a “wedding ceremony” and implicated them in the case to settle scores.

He also regretted that the media played a one-sided role in the whole episode and did not bother to know facts about the incident.

“We are not living in Europe where there is no restriction on gay marriages. We are Muslims and part of a society where gay marriage is tantamount to inviting one’s death,” Iqbal exclaimed.

“I had invited Iqbal to my birthday party. I did not know that police would declare him my husband,” said Rani on her part.

Iqbal and Rani told journalists that they were receiving threats from unknown callers who believe in the story made up by police. Responding to a question, the pair also said that they would welcome any asylum offer from abroad.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 12th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Anonymous.....
    Jun 12, 2010 - 3:46AM

    Leave the people alone to live according to their own wishes. why everyone has to interfere in other’s personal lives…….Recommend

  • Fowad Khan
    Jun 12, 2010 - 5:32AM

    LOL Green Card xDRecommend

  • M Khan
    Jun 12, 2010 - 5:49AM

    They are so busted! nice try covering it up though.Recommend

  • Fazal Khaliq Fazal
    Jun 12, 2010 - 9:01AM

    There is also the roguery of Pakistani police behind the whole game. police consider themselves the masters of the society. Media also played one sided role, the yellow journalism very imporfessional.Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 15, 2010 - 7:04PM

    This is a Drama to get Green Card .Recommend

  • Harris
    Sep 15, 2010 - 1:12AM

    The police, huh?! They are completely unaware of their duties and the people’s rights, and they have no etiquettes whatsoever, in this part of the world at least. They don’t care a birthday party or a wedding; all they want is money, no matter how they get it out of someone. Let’s not talk about the media here. They’re all state-owned. As far as these people are concerned and their Green Card, it is none of my business to assume such things. Recommend

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