Complaint filed against US embassy`s LGBT party

A lawyers` association has filed a complaint with the Pakistani police against the US Embassy for hosting a party for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nearly two months ago.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2011, 19:22 PM IST

Islamabad: A lawyers` association has
filed a complaint with the Pakistani police against the US
Embassy for hosting a party for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people nearly two months ago.

The Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) alleged in its
complaint to Senior Superintendent of Police Tahir Alam Khan
that US diplomats were promoting homosexual rights in an
Islamic nation.

The association demanded that police should register a
First Information Report against the American officials
responsible for organising the party on June 26.

Several prominent lawyers who submitted the complaint
on behalf of the IBA described the US Embassy`s action as
"ridiculous" and said such a "violation of Islamic law" cannot
be tolerated by Muslims.

The party went against "Islamic and moral values" and
could create "social imbalance and fragmentation in society",
the lawyers claimed.

The party was also contrary to Pakistan`s
constitution, culture, norms and values, they claimed.

SSP Khan said he had referred the complaint to the
legal branch to determine if police could take any action in
the matter.

The hosting of Islamabad`s first lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender "pride celebration" by the US Embassy
spurred a debate in Pakistan.

The event was criticised by many Islamic and hardline
groups.

During the event, Charge d`Affaires Richard Hoagland
acknowledged the struggle for LGBT rights in Pakistan and
said: "I want to be clear: the US Embassy is here to support
you and stand by your side every step of the way".

Most people learnt of the party through a statement
posted in the "press releases" section of the US Embassy`s
website.

The event was organised at a time when anti-American
sentiments have been at an all-time high in the wake of the
covert US military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the
Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.

PTI