Lebanon's Minister of Culture has taken steps to ban the film "Barbie" from cinemas, citing concerns about its perceived promotion of homosexuality and conflict with religious values.
The decision has the support of the powerful Shiite armed group Hezbollah, led by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who has spoken against the LGBT community. The film has also been banned in Kuwait for similar reasons.
Lebanon has historically been considered a relatively safe space for the LGBT community in the conservative Middle East and even held a gay pride week in 2017. However, recent developments, including bans on events "promoting sexual perversion" and calls to take action against materials promoting homosexuality, have sparked tensions.
In a recent address, Nasrallah urged Lebanese authorities to take strict measures against content he perceived as promoting homosexuality, advocating for their prohibition. He asserted that he views homosexuality as an imminent threat to Lebanon's societal fabric, emphasizing the need for forceful intervention. Notably, he endorsed severe consequences, even capital punishment, for engaging in same-sex relationships, regardless of marital status.
On another note, Lebanon's cabinet, after a meeting with prominent Christian figure Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, encouraged the populace to uphold traditional family values. While not explicitly addressing the LGBT community, this statement generated discussions about its potential implications.
Ayman Mhanna, the executive director of the non-profit Samir Kassir Foundation, voiced concerns about the recent actions, describing them as part of a broader pattern of prejudice. He highlighted the convergence of forces like Hezbollah, the far-right Christian faction, and influential religious leaders in an apparent coordinated campaign against the LGBT community. This alliance, Mhanna contends, represents a concerning wave of intolerance.
"Barbie," featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as the titular characters, has attained extraordinary success, surpassing $1 billion in global box office sales since its release on July 21. The film follows the escapades of Mattel Inc's iconic doll as she embarks on an adventure in the real world.
Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.
On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.
Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.
On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.
Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.
Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|