Persecution of Homosexuals (Pakistan)

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Three men are arrested at a party after they were caught having sex with each other

In Lahore, Pakistan, the second largest city in the country with more than eight million residents, three men were arrested last night at a party after they were caught having sex with each other. According to JS Omar, the managing editor of HURIYAH magazine, who reports the story, the men were reported to the police by one of the men’s relative. The story changes between a male and female relative, says Omar.

The story was reported to Omar, who has been in Pakistan for the past month, by one of the guests at the party. The police have so far denied the allegations but Omar was able to track down two people from the party who confirmed the story.

So far, we know two of the men are Muslim and one is Hindu. Pakistan has a population that is more than 95% Muslim. While homosexuality is illegal in Pakistan, the country rarely ever makes such moves perhaps because the homosexual activity is underground. Section 377 Penal Code criminalizes homosexuality in Pakistan. This law punishes homosexuals from 2 years prison up to life.

And in 1990, Islamic law (Shariah) was re-introduced in Pakistan. This law in Pakistan calls for the punishment of homosexuals by 100 lashes or stoning them to death, depending on whether the person is married or no. The age of consent in Pakistan is 21.
Pakistani Men Arrested for Same-Sex Acts
Huriyah LGBT Online Magazine, Summer 2003

Gay couple get "married" in Pakistan. The pair are told to leave or be killed for breaking religious and tribal "values and ethics"

A gay couple have become the first to get "married" in Pakistan, according to reports from the region.

Witnesses said a 42-year-old Afghan refugee held a marriage ceremony with a local tribesman of 16 in the remote Khyber region bordering Afghanistan.

Gay marriage is not legal in conservative Muslim Pakistan.

On hearing of the wedding, a tribal council told the pair to leave the area or be killed for breaking religious and tribal "values and ethics".
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Increasingly, gay couples are living together in some of the big cities such as Karachi and Islamabad, but gay marriages remain unheard of, he says.

Pakistani law punishes sodomy with imprisonment ranging from two years to life.

Some Islamic provisions prescribe 100 lashes for the act or even death by stoning.

A gay couple caught having sex were lashed publicly in the Khyber region in May.
First gay 'marriage' in Pakistan
BBC News, October 5, 2005

Muslim cleric says "Homosexuals must be killed – it's the only way to stop them spreading. It should be by beheading or stoning, which the general public can do"

Qari Hifzur Rehamn, 60, spoke openly of imposing Islamic law's stoning and beheading on Britain – as Pakistan was rocked by unrest over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

He warned: 'We want Islamic law for all Pakistan and then the world.

'We would like to do this by preaching. But if not then we would use force.'
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Rehamn, in a flowing grey beard and turban, explained Islamic, or Sharia Law as we sat surrounded by some of his 250 students.

He said: 'Adulterers who are married should be buried in earth to the waist and stoned to death.

'Homosexuals must be killed – it's the only way to stop them spreading. It should be by beheading or stoning, which the general public can do.
Cleric's chilling warning to UK
Oliver Harvey, The Sun, December 31, 2007

Ostracised by villagers for his alleged sexual preferences, the 60-year-old suspected homosexual is pulled from his home and beaten to death with clubs and rods by a Muslim mob

A 60-year-old man, accused of being a homosexual, was lynched late Friday night by vigilantes in Pir Sarhandi Goth, police and eyewitnesses told The News.

The man was identified as Muhammad Hashim Jokhio, son of Meran. Jokhio was a watchman by profession, and had been married for over 25 years but had no children. The murder took place in the limits of Shah Latif police station.

According to eyewitnesses and some police officials, Jokhio was ostracised by fellow villagers for his alleged sexual preferences, and thus, he lived separately. “Late Friday night, a group of charged people raided his house, and allegedly found him ‘getting intimate’ with another man. The villagers then pounded him with clubs and rods, and killed him,” they said.

Shah Latif police were reluctant to reveal details of the events that led to the killing of the man, but confirmed that the deceased was a ‘homosexual’.

“We have learnt that the man was a homosexual, and that local people hated him for his sexual activities, but we have no evidence that he was killed by a mob,” said ASI Nawaz, an investigation officer of Shah Latif Police.

Nawaz added that the police have registered an FIR under Section 302 against unidentified individuals, and were investigating the motive and the killers.

However, a senior police official of Bin Qasim Town, on conditions of anonymity, maintained that apparently it was a case of ‘vigilante justice’ as people were enraged over the sexual behaviour of the deceased Jokhio. He said that detailed reports of the killing were awaited, and would only be revealed after complete investigation.

Details about the other individual present alongside Jokhio when he was beaten to death were not available.
Sixty-year-old homosexual lynched by vigilantes
M. Waqar Bhatti, The News, November 1, 2009

Gays are "the curse of society and social garbage". Islamic political and religious officials condemn meeting by U.S. Embassy supporting gay rights, calling it "the second most dangerous attack by the U.S. against Pakistan"

A group of conservative Islamic political and religious officials has condemned a meeting by the U.S. Embassy supporting gay rights in Pakistan as “cultural terrorism” against the country.

The group, which included the head of Pakistan’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, claimed the meeting — the first of its kind held by the embassy — was the second most dangerous attack by the U.S. against Pakistan, following missiles fired from unmanned drones.

The meeting on June 26 was hosted by the U.S. deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, and was meant to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Pakistan, said the embassy.

“Such people are the curse of society and social garbage,” said the statement issued by the Islamic officials on Sunday. “They don’t deserve to be Muslim or Pakistani, and the support and protection announced by the U.S. administration for them is the worst social and cultural terrorism against Pakistan.”

Homosexual acts are illegal in Pakistan. Homosexuality is not explicitly mentioned in Pakistan’s penal code, but “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment for a period of two years to life, according to the United Nations.

Also, under Islamic, or Sharia, laws in Pakistan, homosexual acts are punishable by whipping, imprisonment or death, according to the U.N.

Hoagland, the deputy ambassador, said during the meeting that the U.S. would support LGBT rights in Pakistan. “I want to be clear: the U.S. Embassy is here to support you and stand by your side every step of the way,” said Hoagland in a statement released by the embassy.

Over 75 people attended the meeting, which was co-hosted by the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, the embassy said. The crowd included U.S. Embassy officials, military representatives, foreign diplomats and leaders of Pakistani gays and LGBT advocacy groups.

The Islamic officials demanded the Pakistani government arrest the participants under the country’s laws and said the meeting was “tantamount to stabbing the Muslim world in the chest.”
Pakistani Muslims condemn US gay rights meeting
Zarar Khan, Associated Press, July 4, 2011

Gunmen open-fire on a dance party in Buner. 3 killed, including 1 transvestite, and another transvestite injured

Three people, including a transvestite, were killed and two others injured when miscreants opened fire on a dance party in Topai Union council of Buner district late on Monday night.

Residents and police said that a local farmer, Nek Mohammad, had organised the dance party, including travesties, at his hujra (guesthouse) in Soray Chaghorzai village to celebrate good harvest of the maize crop.

They said that the function was in progress when all of a sudden armed assailants opened indiscriminate firing on the party.

As a result, a transvestite Hayat Khan of Paindakhel, Charsadda, and Alif Zada of Topai Chaghorzai were killed on the spot while three others, including another transvestitie Sarfaraz of village Torwarsak, Buner, Bakhti Rawan of Chaghorzai and Asif Ali of Maradu Charghorzai suffered bullet injuries.

The injured were soon referred from district headquarters hospital, Daggar, to Peshawar, hospital sources said, adding that the injured Bakhti Rawan succumbed to his injuries on way to Peshawar.

Senior member of transgender community tortured and threatened to leave the southern Kohat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, all members flee to an undisclosed location

A senior member of the transgender community was tortured and threatened at the hands of militants in the southern Kohat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday.

A police official said that three unidentified attackers entered a market in the Tirah Adda area of the region and barged inside a balakhana (den), where five transgendered persons along with their ‘guru’ resided.

The attackers grabbed the guru, identified as Arif alias Arifa Jan, and beat him up and threatened to kill him if they failed to vacate the area.

The official added that after the incident all members of the transgender community residing in the area fled to an undisclosed location.

The owner of the market, Syed Jamal, said that since no one in the area was willing to provide shelter to the transgendered persons; therefore, he stepped in and accommodated them in his building.

He recalled that the assailants sent him a letter demanding that his tenants be thrown out within a week. Jamal claimed that the letter was dispatched by the TTP Darra Adam Khel chapter.
Kohat warning: Militants rough up transgender guru, spark exodus
Zahir Bangash, The Express Tribune, February 17, 2013