ISLAMABAD - Leaders of important political parties, for expediency or the other reasons known to them, refused to condemn or offer any comment on a celebration of the US Embassys hosting of Pakistans first ever lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 'Pride Celebration, however, religious scholars and leaders of various religious political parties condemned the event in the strongest term and urged the government to ensure that such nonsensical and immoral things were not repeated anywhere in the country. Any religion including Islam, Christianity and Hinduism does not allow homosexuality. Being a Muslim state, Pakistan follows Islamic rules and regulations, which strictly forbade gay, lesbian marriages and celebrations. The US Embassy, by holding such a controversial gathering, has violated the rules and laws of land, so the government should act accordingly, Jamaat-I-Islami Ameer Munawar Hassan said on Sunday when approached by TheNation. The countrys well known and one of worthy Muslim scholars Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman also condemned US Embassys bid to host such a ceremony and urged the government to look into the matter and make the US Embassy administration to explain the purpose behind this move. The government should ask the higher authorities in the US Embassy what made them hold this controversial ceremony when they knew such act is not permitted in an Islamic country, Mufti Muneeb said. Ironically, the spokesperson and well known representatives of all political parties including PML(N), PPP , MQM and ANP shied away from commenting on this subject of much importance when contacted by TheNation. Klasra sahib, please excuse me from making any statement on the subject. I am ready to comment on any other subject of your choice, however, I am sorry to say anything on this subject, a well known parliamentarian of ANP said on condition of anonymity. Surprisingly, TheNation got the same response from the parliamentarians of major political parties. However, later on former minister of information and broadcasting Qamar Zaman Qaira made it clear and loud that the diplomatic community enjoy diplomatic immunity, however, it should respect the cultural and religious values of the host country. On the other hand, US Embassys function ignited a hot debate throughout the country. As a matter of fact this has divided the masses in two halves; majority condemning the move while others are seen favouring the US Embassys move to announce backing and supporting the lesbian bisexualism and transgender in Pakistan. Most people learnt of the celebration organised on June 26 through a statement posted in the 'press releases section of the US Embassy website. The US Embassys involvement in the event at a time of rising anti-American sentiments in country has widely been condemned by the masses. Why would the US like to court a few engaged in an activity considered immoral in the country at the cost of the majority and then complain about Pakistanis being hostile to them. It must realise and respect laws of Pakistan which do not allow gay marriages and celebration at all, Mumtaz Naqvi, a social activist said. It is pertinent to mention here that, during the event at the US embassy, Charge dAffaires Richard Hoagland acknowledged the struggle for LGBT rights in Pakistan. I want to be clear: the US Embassy is here to support you and stand by your side every step of the way, Hogland said. However, a well-known personality in political circles of country, defend the rights of homosexuals and said they have full right to live their lives as they want. I am here to inform the world and all of my countrymen that homosexuals do exist in Pakistan and that we demand our rights to love people of our own gender or even change our gender when we feel necessary to do so, he said in communication with TheNation over telephone requesting anonymity. He badly criticised the religious scholars and all those who stood against Lesbian marriages in Pakistan and advised them to stop criticising gays and lesbian.