Human rights activists appeal to Prince William to challenge Pakistan because of his homophobic laws when he visits the country later this year
- Tour was announced yesterday after he said he would support his own children if they were gay
- Homosexuality is a criminal offense in Pakistan and is punishable by imprisonment
- Holocaust activist Peter Tatchell described Pakistan as a & # 39; rogue state & # 39;
Human rights activists have called on Prince William to challenge the government of Pakistan because of his homophobic laws when he and his wife make an official visit there later this year.
The tour was announced yesterday by the Palace, after the prince said he would support his own children if they were gay.
Homosexuality is a criminal offense in Pakistan and is punishable by long prison sentences. Raising the controversial issue at official meetings would be a violation of the Royal Protocol.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge receives a gift bag from Tim Philipsworth, Confidential Director, while visiting the Albert Kennedy Trust to find out more about the issue of LGBTQ homelessness among young people
Veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell described Pakistan as a & # 39; rogue & # 39; and told The Mail on Sunday: & # 39; Prince William's support for the LGBT + community is not at odds with his visit to Pakistan, where homosexual relationships are punished with life imprisonment and the state is indifferent to mob violence and alleged honor .
& # 39; At the very least, he should advocate for the LGBT + community during his visit, & # 39; he added.
The couple's visit to Pakistan is the first by a key figure of the royal family in more than a decade. Last week Prince William revealed his position on his own children as he opened a new center at the Albert Kennedy Trust in London, a charity for LGBT youth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will make a controversial visit to Pakistan this fall, has announced Kensington Palace
Last night Palace sources claimed that the subject of LGBT rights & # 39; highly unlikely & # 39; is on the agenda and that the purpose of the trip is to strengthen relations with Pakistan.
A source from a palace said: & # 39; The Duke of Cambridge's views on human rights are well documented. Although he is always respectful of tradition and cultural differences, he never shuns difficult conversations. & # 39;
The Albert Kennedy Trust declined to comment.
The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, said: "The government and people of Pakistan welcome the announcement of the Royal visit by their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this year in Pakistan.
& # 39; The population of Pakistan still cherishes and likes to remember Her Majesty the Queen's visits to Pakistan in 1961 and 1997.
& # 39; The upcoming royal visit reflects the importance that the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan. The two countries enjoy historical ties that both parties want to further strengthen. & # 39;
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