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How Pakistan tortures its LGBTQs: With its brutal mix of silence and violence, Pakistan routinely targets this vulnerable group

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"You are dancing, wrapped in a towel, inside a washroom and you find it funny? "You didn't find it funny?" "No, I found it vulgar."

The morning show anchor of Samaa TV, one of Pakistan's leading television channels, was screaming at the top of his voice while the guest on the other side, a social media star, was trying hard to make his point.

That was literally a slice of the on-camera exchange on the morning of May 6, 2019, between TV host Muhammad Shueb and social media personality Naseer Jung, who is widely popular among Pakistan's LGBTQ community. As Shueb's co-host, a woman, seemed too shocked and confused to react, Shueb went on with his tirade against Jung — calling him 'cheap', 'vulgar', even 'abnormal'.

You can find Shueb's on-camera tirade on YouTube.

As luck would have it, Shueb didn't walk away with any brownie points after the show for insulting Naseer. The result was quite the opposite when the video of the show hit social media.

Nasir Khan Jung soon started trending across online platforms as thousands of users — many from the LGBTQ community — took to social media (both from India and Pakistan) to express their anger on the blatant heckling of Nasir Khan Jung.

The protests reached such a point that two days later, on June 8, Shueb had to issue a public apology from the same morning show.

Protests galore: But nothing changes in Pakistan. (Photo: Reuters)

He also called up Nasir Khan Jung on the same show and repeatedly asked for his forgiveness. Nasir, on his part, was most gracious and said that he doesn't have any ill-feeling in his heart about Shueb or the show.

The controversy might have ended there — but this incident serves as a classic display of aggression that Pakistani youth today display towards transgenders in Pakistan, who continue to live in the shadows of deep hate.

Just like any........

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