Last week, the US Embassy in Islamabad came under fire online for a Twitter post advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
The US Embassy in Islamabad released a social media post attesting to support for the LGBTQ+ community that drew condemnation from Pakistani Twitter users. “Mission Pakistan strives to strengthen and support the LGBTQI+ community. We strive every day to ensure that the human rights of the LGBTQI+ community are respected and protected from oppression. We continue to push for full equality said the US Embassy in Islamabad.
The Twitter post may have extended support for the LGBTQ+ community in Pakistan. Pakistan’s social fabric and Islamic religious values do not favor the LGBTQ community.
In another post, the embassy said, “LGBTQI+ rights are human rights, not special privileges.” Netizens have argued that the embassy is present in Pakistan to support and protect the rights of its citizens in Pakistan. Other than that, they have no mandate to interfere in the societal and cultural values of Pakistan.
LGBTQI+ rights are human rights, not special privileges. #IDAHOBIT
— US Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) May 17, 2022
A Twitter user argued that the US Embassy in Islamabad should also defend the rights of Palestinians and Kashmiris.
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba also condemned the Twitter post. Others have questioned why Pakistan’s leaders and other political parties are silent on the interference of the US Embassy in Islamabad in Pakistan’s culture and society.
The U.S. Embassy is an open advocate for LGBTQ rights in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This is totally against the constitutional, religious and cultural norms of Pakistan. Any attempt to introduce such filth into Pakistan must be dealt with with an iron fist. https://t.co/s2TFERk4pa
— Amnah Jabeen (@AmnahJPlus) May 21, 2022
“The U.S. Embassy is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This is totally against the constitutional, religious and cultural norms of Pakistan. Any attempt to introduce such filth into Pakistan must be dealt with with an iron fist,” social media activist Aamah Jabeen wrote.
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Netizens argued that they support the rights of the transgender community in Pakistan. They also call on the government to take measures for the protection of transgender people but they do not support homosexuality.