04 Jul '11, 9am

Pakistani Muslims condemn US gay rights meeting, call LGBT individuals 'social garbage'

ISLAMABAD - A GROUP of conservative Islamic political and religious officials has condemned a meeting by the US 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 US against Pakistan, following missiles fired from unmanned drones. The meeting on June 26 was hosted by the US 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 b...

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