Why are Pakistanis demanding a ban on Scrap Fest?

Noor Fatima 11:20 PM | 2 Feb, 2023
Why are Pakistanis demanding a ban on Scrap Fest?
Source: ScrapFest (Instagram)

Although Pakistani media is quite open and supportive when it comes to celebrating other cultures and traditions, there's absolutely no room for events that may contain acts of defiance and anti-religion antics.

Most recently, Pakistani media has been demanding a ban on a festival, which initially seemed harmless but has turned into a full-blown threat to the Pakistani society and its Islamic values. The festival, which goes by the name Scrap Fest, kickstarted a heated debate on social media platforms with many prominent figures of Lollywood calling for a stern action.   

What is Scrap Fest?

To begin with, Scrap Fest is a Canadian-origin LGBTQ event that originated as a scrap metal artwork competition growing into a full art festival that focuses on up-cycled and repurposed artwork featuring eco-art booth vendors, family activities, live music and food.  This year, the festival is set to take place in Karachi, Pakistan on February 4. Canadian-born Pakistani singer Urvah Khan will be hosting the event with many trans and underground performers. 

Scrapfest Karachi was co-funded by the German Consulate (Vice) and was attended by a German consular who ended up in the middle of a harassment investigation and was suspended.

In 2017, Urvah Khan announced her return to Pakistan with a new live music series; ‘ScrapFest‘. In her previous YouTube videos, Khan said that Scrapfest will be the first female-fronted LGBTQ-friendly rock festival. 

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Scrap Fest (@scrapfestlive)

How did the internet react? 

Actress Aiman Khan supported while revered fashion designer Maria B openly condemned Scrap Fest and those celebrating.

Social media users have also expressed their anger and concern suggesting that a strong action needs to be taken against any and all events that defy the identity of Muslims and other religions.

With millions of Pakistanis calling for a ban on the festival, Twitter is flooded with concerned users hoping to see quick and strict action against those who arranged the event.  

Previously, the Pakistani film Joyland had been scrutinized by the public for it promoted LGBTQ+ agenda. However, Saim Sadiq's directorial was shortlisted for an Oscars.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter