Why are Pakistanis demanding a ban on Scrap Fest?

11:20 PM | 2 Feb, 2023
Why are Pakistanis demanding a ban on Scrap Fest?
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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. 

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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.


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Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.

Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 6 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.7  286.75 
Euro EUR 309  312 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 361  364 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.6 78.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.58 766.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.41 41.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.49 36.84
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 923.13 932.13
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.97 61.57
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.89 177.89
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.68 26.98
Omani Riyal OMR 740.01 748.01
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.36 79.06
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.45 27.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.09 8.24

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KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 6 December 2023

On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100. 

Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.

In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Karachi PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Islamabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Peshawar PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Quetta PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sialkot PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Attock PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujranwala PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Jehlum PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Multan PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Bahawalpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujrat PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nawabshah PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Chakwal PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Hyderabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nowshehra PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sargodha PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Faisalabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Mirpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625


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