Pakistan clerics in Khyber ban music, dancing by transgender persons at weddings

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IBNS: Landi Kotal: Local tribal clerics in Pakistan have taken law into their hands and imposed a ban on playing music and dancing by transgender persons during weddings in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Khyber district, media reports said on Monday.

The decision was unanimously announced by a gathering of 26 clerics on Friday, who further declared that any weddings featuring music and dancing would not have the nikah ceremony performed by clerics, reported The Express Tribune.

“If anyone refuses to obey this order or go against it, then the last rites of the entire family would not be performed by clerics,” says a written letter signed by the clerics.

The announcement was made during a jirga attended not only by the clerics but also by local political figures and tribal elders, as reported by a local resident while talking to The Express Tribune.

Additionally, the letter revealed that local residents would be urged to boycott such families, and clerics would not attend their marriages either.

The group even banned celebratory aerial firing during the wedding ceremony.