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    The transgender community in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial cabinet met on Tuesday, with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in chair, to approve the annual budget having a total outlay of Rs505 billion for fiscal year 2016-17.

    “No new tax has been proposed in the budget,” special assistant to chief minister on information Mushtaq Ghani said while giving details of the budget.

    In the new budget, he continued, a special fund of Rs200 million has also been earmarked for the welfare of transgender community of the province for the first time in the budget history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    Presenting the annual budget for fiscal year 2016-17 at the floor of KP Assembly, Provincial Minister for Finance Muzaffar Syed advocate said Rs10 billion for 64 ongoing and Rs2.42 billion for eight new projects have been earmarked in the budget.

    In his budget speech the finance minister stated that the province is expected to obtain Rs380 billion from the federal tax assignments, Rs293 billion as one per cent of divisible pool for war on terror, Rs35 billion as straight transfer, Rs17 billion as net hydel profit, Rs18 billion as arrears of net hydel profit and Rs15 billion million as incentive on surplus cash balance.

    The finance minister further said 160 new primary schools and 100 new secondary schools would be constructed in the province whereas 100 religious seminaries would be converted into primary schools.

    The KP government has decided to allocate Rs33 billion for the local governments during the next fiscal, Syed said, adding that the province will generate Rs15 billion from its own resources under sales tax on services sector.

    The minister said KP will generate Rs3.5 billion from its own power generation in the coming fiscal.

    While revealing the salary package for government employees Syed announced the merger of 10 per cent interim allowance of 2013-14 into the basic running pay of the provincial government employees. He further announced a 10 per cent increase in salaries of the government employees.

    The provincial finance minister also announce a 10 per cent increase in the pension of retired employees and 25 per cent increase in the pension for the employees having more than 85 years age. The rise in salaries, pension and allowance would cost Rs14.20 billion to provincial exchequer.


    http://www.dawn.com/news/1264788/kp-...-annual-budget


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    Good to see KP govt taking steps to help minorities and transgenders.


    " It is true, Pakistan cricket is not defined by planning, it is not defined by team work and it is not defined by an entire match. It is defined by moments, moments of inspiration, moments of magic, moments when the unsung become the sung, when the world starts rotating in the opposite direction, when the abnormal becomes the normal, when delusion becomes logic – it is when the stars align. "

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    Excellent news. Keep up the good work KPK government.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IslamabadUnited View Post
    Excellent news. Keep up the good work KPK government.
    I hope they continue it and set more examples so the other provinces and federal can follow. No shame in following good examples i will appreciate it if they follow it instead of sending derabris for more press conferences.


    " It is true, Pakistan cricket is not defined by planning, it is not defined by team work and it is not defined by an entire match. It is defined by moments, moments of inspiration, moments of magic, moments when the unsung become the sung, when the world starts rotating in the opposite direction, when the abnormal becomes the normal, when delusion becomes logic – it is when the stars align. "

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    Only 4 posts? I guess people discussing positivity is not fun. Anyways good for KPK government. Sexual preference of people is not the problem, the right wing extremists are.

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    Transvestites are not transgender, the Pakistani English media is full of jaahils whondont know the difference

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    Good work. Keep it up.

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    @Mamoon i guess your Taliban Khan got love for transgenders and minorities thats why KP govt helping them?


    " It is true, Pakistan cricket is not defined by planning, it is not defined by team work and it is not defined by an entire match. It is defined by moments, moments of inspiration, moments of magic, moments when the unsung become the sung, when the world starts rotating in the opposite direction, when the abnormal becomes the normal, when delusion becomes logic – it is when the stars align. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike Rate View Post
    @Mamoon i guess your Taliban Khan got love for transgenders and minorities thats why KP govt helping them?
    Good job by PTI when it comes to supporting transvestites, but unfortunately it doesn't cancel out the funding to Taliban madrassa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Good job by PTI when it comes to supporting transvestites, but unfortunately it doesn't cancel out the funding to Taliban madrassa.
    Sometime i wonder how come you miss all positive development threads of kp/pti govt and you appear in almost all threads about them where you can attack kaptaan


    " It is true, Pakistan cricket is not defined by planning, it is not defined by team work and it is not defined by an entire match. It is defined by moments, moments of inspiration, moments of magic, moments when the unsung become the sung, when the world starts rotating in the opposite direction, when the abnormal becomes the normal, when delusion becomes logic – it is when the stars align. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike Rate View Post
    Sometime i wonder how come you miss all positive development threads of kp/pti govt and you appear in almost all threads about them where you can attack kaptaan
    Same can be said about you and others. I don't see Insaafiyans coming out in numbers to criticize PTI funding the madrassa.

    You should lead by example then and criticize when criticism is due. Maybe that will inspire me to give due praise when it will be due.
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    How do we treat them ?


    There is a video out there where a Man who is under 30 is beating a transgender with a Hunter so so brutally and askd his friend to film it.


    If I would have got power I would have jailed him for 10 years.


    Where is Shame & Where is Humanity ?


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    @WebGuru

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    Jahaan Ghareeb, Kamzor aor Aqleeat se Insaaniat Soz Salook ho.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    @WebGuru

    Mein Aesi Jamhooriat pe Laanat bhejta hun jahan pe Qanoon ki Amaldaari na ho aor Ba-Asarr logoun ko Qanoon ka koi khouff na ho.


    Jahaan Ghareeb, Kamzor aor Aqleeat se Insaaniat Soz Salook ho.


    Aesay hukmaranoun k liye doob merne ka muqaam hai.


    Sayeedi Pbuh ki Rooh bhee kaamp uthee hogee aesay Sampoun Darindoun ko dekh k. Agar dekh saktay hein tou.
    I share same views i reject this civil dictatorship in the cover of jamhuryat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WebGuru View Post
    I share same views i reject this civil dictatorship in the cover of jamhuryat.

    Being a Punjabi again Sir Sharam se Jhukk gaya.

    Afsouss sadd afsouss


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    How do we treat them ?


    There is a video out there where a Man who is under 30 is beating a transgender with a Hunter so so brutally and askd his friend to film it.


    If I would have got power I would have jailed him for 10 years.


    Where is Shame & Where is Humanity ?


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    # PunjabSpeed Notice lou.


    #CyberCrimeBill
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    @DW44 these are practicing hells.
    Evils. Begherat Jaanwars.
    This isn't even that bad by Pakistani standards. I can think of at least two other incidents just from today that make this look like a non event. Living in Pakistan, I am no longer shocked by such brutality since inhumanity has now seeped deep enough into our society to be considered indisputably a part of our culture. Ten years ago, such news would have shocked and horrified me but incidents like this are now pretty much an everyday occurrence. Three such incidents in just one day (specifics of the other incidents not included) and this one is nothing compared to the other two.
    Last edited by Muhammad10; 13th November 2016 at 22:29.


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    Jajja Badmaash has been arrested.

    Let's see if anything happens or once again it will be Matti Pao.

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    Transgender issued driving licenses in KP, traffic police to teach them driving in Peshawar

    Meanwhile in Taliban Khan's province:

    KP claims in a historic first, Transgenders have been issued driving Licenses and even better traffic police will teaching them driving.

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakista...es-274201.html


    https://www.dawn.com/news/1393351/kp...5-transgenders

    KP govt issues driving licences to 15 transgenders
    Marking a first in the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government on Monday issued driving licences to 15 transgender persons, DawnNewsTV reported.

    The licences were issued to transgender persons at a ceremony held in Peshawar, where SSP Traffic Yasir Khan Afridi distributed the licences among them.

    Speaking at the occasion, Afridi briefed the audience that 300 transgenders had applied for driving licences. In the first phase, 15 transgenders were licensed to drive whereas the rest of applications would be processed gradually, he added.

    After getting the first ever driving licence issued to a transgender person in KP, Farzana said this development will pave ways for transgenders to earn a respectable livelihood.

    She said that most of her community members were fed up of dancing and therefor searching for alternate professions.
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    Simultaneous sazish by Yahoodi laaby and Taliban. But but but what do we know we have never been to Peshawar so cannot comment on KPK.


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    This is establishments saazish!


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    Good initiative. Welcome to the 21st century KP.

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    Brilliant!Good stuff!

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    That's great!

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    They're not transgenders, they're intersex people. The pakistani media is so ignorant and they want to be accepted by the west so they're mislabeling intersex people who were born as both gender as transgenders who change their gender by choice. Being transgender is still illegal under Pakistani laws, intersex or unisex people aka khusras are another thing.

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    Meet Pakistan's first transgender news anchor Marvia Malik





    A 21-year-old journalist is making headlines in Pakistan by becoming the country's first transgender news anchor.

    Pakistan's social networks were abuzz following Marvia Malik's first on-air appearance on the March 23 and in the days since she's gone viral across Facebook and Twitter, with many lauding the move as progress for transgender rights in Pakistan.

    Malik, a trainee anchor at Lahore-based channel Kohinoor News, is pleased with the attention that she's received but insists more needs to be done when it comes to improving the lives of Pakistan's transgender community.

    A graduate of journalism from Punjab University, Malik told CNN she applied for the position since she wanted to prove that people from the transgender community "are capable of any job, and can do anything they want."

    "I want to show the country that we are more than objects of ridicule ... that we are also human," she said.

    According to Pakistan's most recent census in 2017, which recorded the country's transgender population for the first time, there are close to 10,000 individuals who identify as transgender across the country of almost 200 million.

    Earlier this month the country's senate passed a landmark bill to protect the rights of the country's transgender community.

    The bill's provisions include enabling individuals the right to change their gender on national identity cards, inherit property and not be discriminated against if pursuing a seat in public office.

    While the bill was praised by rights groups and activists, Malik insists that there needs to be a change in society's attitudes for such laws to actually be taken seriously and implemented.

    Malik said she realized she was transgender "at a very young age." She is estranged from her family and has been providing for herself financially since she was 15 years old.

    "I want the next generation of young transgender kids to look up to me as an inspiration that they can be accepted and that there can be opportunities for them," Malik said.

    Disowned by their families and without access to job opportunities many from the transgender community are forced into prostitution and begging, eking out a living on the fringes of society, according to Naz, an NGO that provides healthcare for the LGBT community in Pakistan.

    In March 2017, the Ministry of Health released data that showed that transgender sex workers are the second most-vulnerable group to HIV and AIDS in the country.

    Malik's boss, Bilal Ashraf, the director news for Kohinoor News, told CNN that when going through Malik's audition he hadn't realized that she was transgender.

    Ashraf said that Kohinoor News aims to be a more progressive news channel for Pakistan, providing opportunities to the "disabled, women and individuals from all sorts of background."

    "We will not discriminate, everyone has dreams, everyone has goals and so much of that talent gets thrown into the dustbin, undiscovered, simply because of the biases in society," Ashraf said.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/27/a...ntl0648AMStory

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    Amazing,mostly good new coming out of Pak nowadays.


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    Nice to see.Hope the situation improves for others.

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    Was she born transgender or went through an operation?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Was she born transgender or went through an operation?
    You can't be born transgender lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shokz1408 View Post
    You can't be born transgender lol.
    What about the hijre?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    What about the hijre?
    Marvia Malik said she realized she was transgender "at a very young age."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shokz1408 View Post
    You can't be born transgender lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    What about the hijre?
    In very rare cases,people can be born intersex.Most 'transgenders' are actually intersex.

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    That's awesome!

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    Educated Pakistanis actually are mocking this , shocking tbh, can understand the rural folks living in 15th century.

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    Have deleted many insensitive and ignorant posts. Please refrain in the future, if you do not want to be banned.

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    Good socially progressive move, it should always be merit over your caste, sexual orientation, name, gender, etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    In very rare cases,people can be born intersex.Most 'transgenders' are actually intersex.
    totally incorrect, what stats are you basing that off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by humzy View Post
    totally incorrect, what stats are you basing that off?
    I'm talking about the 'hijre' that ManFan mentioned,the ones on Pakistani roads.Not talkibg about the world over.

    And I'm basing these off interactions I've had with them.Not any stats.Although I might have been hasty when I said 'most'.

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    Progressive!


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    Good on her!

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    Wouldn't this endanger her?

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    Good. It's 2018, people should be treated equally

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    I'm talking about the 'hijre' that ManFan mentioned,the ones on Pakistani roads.Not talkibg about the world over.

    And I'm basing these off interactions I've had with them.Not any stats.Although I might have been hasty when I said 'most'.
    I think you are referring to intersex/hermaphrodites rather then actual transgenders.

    Two different things.

    There are a lot less intersex (people born with sexual abnormalities) compared to transgenders (people who don't identify with the sex they are born with).

    I also have a strong feeling that intersex/hermaphrodite incidents in Pakistan is largely due to marrying first cousins etc. Just my theory though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by humzy View Post
    I think you are referring to intersex/hermaphrodites rather then actual transgenders.

    Two different things.

    There are a lot less intersex (people born with sexual abnormalities) compared to transgenders (people who don't identify with the sex they are born with).

    I also have a strong feeling that intersex/hermaphrodite incidents in Pakistan is largely due to marrying first cousins etc. Just my theory though.
    Yes I was referring to hermaphrodites.

    In my first post I referred to them in quotation marks because in our society we often classify intersex as transgender and there is a big difference between them.

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    Country’s first school for transgender persons opens

    The first school for the transgender community was launched at an event at the Alhamra Open Air Theatre, Gaddafi Stadium, on Sunday.

    The school is being launched by an NGO called Exploring Future Foundation (EFF), which has attempted its first project.

    “We will be providing skill based training and curriculum to the transgender community that has enrolled with us,” said Moizzah Tariq, the managing director of the NGO.

    “Most of them have shown interest in sectors of the fashion industry including learning about cosmetics, fashion designing, embroidery and stitching while some have also shown interest in graphic designing and culinary skills. Having gained information from them first we designed our courses for them.”

    Asif Shahzad, the owner of the school, said there are 30 people enrolled in the school.

    “I was moved after seeing the bomb blast in Indonesia in 2016 at a transgender school,” he said. “It was the only such school in any Islamic country in the world. After that we decided to provide them education and bring them to the mainstream.”

    The plan is to provide a diploma course so that the students will be able to either work or set up their own businesses, and the NGO is to facilitate them with both procedures.

    The school, ‘The Gender Guardian’, has no age limit and is located on main DHA. Classes will begin on Monday (today).

    “We are trying to convince them of leading better lives, and also try to tell the rest of society that they are also human beings, and that they should be treated as humans,” said Shahzad.

    The event was supported by transgender activists Zara Changezi, Khursand Bayar Ali, Neeli Rana and others from Khwaja Sirah Society, and recently the first transgender newscaster Maavia Malik. Gurus (leaders/patrons) and others from the community were also present at the event.

    The event started off with musical concert including performances by Annie Khalid and Falak. Afterwards theatre performances took place.

    Notanki Productions Creative Director Khursand Bayar Ali whose play Umeed was performed, said the play was primarily about the main issue of HIV affecting the community.

    “They must know the ins and outs of the problem, and we have also tried to sketch a situation where affected transgenders are shunned by society and need counseling. There’s a message for everyone in this.”

    Noor who plays a lead character in the play is herself a patient of HIV and says that people must know the exact ways in which HIV virus is spread because misconceptions cause transgenders to be ostracised.

    “Society feels it is only a sexually transmitted disease and they reduce us to mere sexual beings, when in fact it is also spread through incorrect syringe use, or through infected blades etc.” she said.

    “There are many who refuse to eat with, or talk to HIV patients and stay physically away from them. As for the transgender they too need to understand that they must take their medication as it is a disease that can be controlled even if it can’t be cured.”

    Maham, another actor, said she was afraid of coming out at home, and her family had no idea that she was in a woman’s getup, and the problem lay in lack of acceptance. “My father does not talk to me and I am often bullied by older siblings, but my teachers have played a role in my life in helping me accept my own identity and this self-realisation has made me feel more comfortable. Still society should be more accepting of people.”

    Shahzad said they were trying to get the word across through educational institutions that their initiative must be supported by everyone.

    Lahore and its surrounding areas have a population of roughly 30,000 people who are counted among the transgender community.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1401944/co...-persons-opens

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    Country’s first school for transgender persons opens

    LAHORE: The first school for the transgender community was launched at an event at the Alhamra Open Air Theatre, Gaddafi Stadium, on Sunday.

    The school is being launched by an NGO called Exploring Future Foundation (EFF), which has attempted its first project.

    “We will be providing skill based training and curriculum to the transgender community that has enrolled with us,” said Moizzah Tariq, the managing director of the NGO.

    “Most of them have shown interest in sectors of the fashion industry including learning about cosmetics, fashion designing, embroidery and stitching while some have also shown interest in graphic designing and culinary skills. Having gained information from them first we designed our courses for them.”

    Asif Shahzad, the owner of the school, said there are 30 people enrolled in the school.

    “I was moved after seeing the bomb blast in Indonesia in 2016 at a transgender school,” he said. “It was the only such school in any Islamic country in the world. After that we decided to provide them education and bring them to the mainstream.”

    The plan is to provide a diploma course so that the students will be able to either work or set up their own businesses, and the NGO is to facilitate them with both procedures.

    The school, ‘The Gender Guardian’, has no age limit and is located on main DHA. Classes will begin on Monday (today).

    “We are trying to convince them of leading better lives, and also try to tell the rest of society that they are also human beings, and that they should be treated as humans,” said Shahzad.

    The event was supported by transgender activists Zara Changezi, Khursand Bayar Ali, Neeli Rana and others from Khwaja Sirah Society, and recently the first transgender newscaster Maavia Malik. Gurus (leaders/patrons) and others from the community were also present at the event.

    The event started off with musical concert including performances by Annie Khalid and Falak. Afterwards theatre performances took place.

    Notanki Productions Creative Director Khursand Bayar Ali whose play Umeed was performed, said the play was primarily about the main issue of HIV affecting the community.

    “They must know the ins and outs of the problem, and we have also tried to sketch a situation where affected transgenders are shunned by society and need counseling. There’s a message for everyone in this.”

    Noor who plays a lead character in the play is herself a patient of HIV and says that people must know the exact ways in which HIV virus is spread because misconceptions cause transgenders to be ostracised.

    “Society feels it is only a sexually transmitted disease and they reduce us to mere sexual beings, when in fact it is also spread through incorrect syringe use, or through infected blades etc.” she said.

    “There are many who refuse to eat with, or talk to HIV patients and stay physically away from them. As for the transgender they too need to understand that they must take their medication as it is a disease that can be controlled even if it can’t be cured.”

    Maham, another actor, said she was afraid of coming out at home, and her family had no idea that she was in a woman’s getup, and the problem lay in lack of acceptance. “My father does not talk to me and I am often bullied by older siblings, but my teachers have played a role in my life in helping me accept my own identity and this self-realisation has made me feel more comfortable. Still society should be more accepting of people.”

    Shahzad said they were trying to get the word across through educational institutions that their initiative must be supported by everyone.

    Lahore and its surrounding areas have a population of roughly 30,000 people who are counted among the transgender community.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1401944/co...-persons-opens

    This is great news!

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    Good job and good luck to all involved. This is one section of the society that is completely neglected.

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    Encouraging.Hope further progress is made in helping this marginalized section of our society,as well as all the others.

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    The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the federal government to submit details of the recently passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 by June 29 for a review.

    Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by human rights activist Atif Sattar Arain. The petitioner had moved the court, seeking basic civil rights for transgender people.

    The counsel for the federal government informed the court that the National Assembly had passed a bill, catering to all the demands of the petitioner. The advocate, however, differed and said that though some of his demands were part of the bill, the proposed legislation missed several points mentioned in his petition.

    The single-member bench made it clear that the court will decide on the petition after going through the details of the proposed legislation. It was the second hearing of the case. In the first hearing, the court had sent notices to Punjab and federal governments.

    The activist in his petition contended that transgenders in the society are deprived of their basic rights and that derogatory terms are used for them. The petition also sought adequate opportunities of Haj and Umrah for them.

    It demanded appropriate representation of transgenders in the Senate, the National Assembly and provincial assemblies as well as tax exemptions on medicines, clothes and other daily life items.

    The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018, is aimed at ensuring rights of transgender persons. The bill, which had already been passed by the Senate, was moved by Syed Naveed Qamar of the PPP.

    Under the proposed law, transgender persons will be able to register to obtain driving licence and passport. They will have the option to get their gender changed in the National Database and Registration Authority’s record.

    Harassment of transgender persons will also be prohibited in and outside their homes. They will not be discriminated against by educational institutions, employers, in trade and health services, and when using public transport and buying or selling or renting property.

    The bill suggested to the government to establish a safe house for transgender persons and provide them medical and educational facilities and psychological counselling. Similarly, separate rooms will be established at jails where transgender persons could be detained. In addition to all basic rights, they will be entitled to inherit property.

    The government will take steps to ensure employment opportunities for transgender persons and they will have the right to vote in all national, provincial and local government elections and they will not be discriminated against in their pursuit of a public office.

    The bill stated that anyone found guilty of forcing a transgender person to beg will be sentenced to six months in prison and served a fine of Rs50,000.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1407829/lh...018-for-review

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    https://www.geo.tv/latest/199560-cjp...gender-persons

    LAHORE: The issue of transgender persons not being given computerised national identity cards (CNIC) will be taken up at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Monday as Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the matter on Sunday.

    A press release issued by the Supreme Court stated that the chief justice took notice after his visit to Foundation House in Lahore, where transgender persons complained to him regarding non-issuance of CNICs.

    Foundation House is a shelter facility that has recently been opened in Lahore’s Rachna Town for transgender persons. The facility houses transgender people aged 50 or above, as well as those seeking treatment for diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis. Transgender people are provided with food and medical treatment free of cost at the shelter home.

    Although the law in Pakistan promises all the basic rights to transgender persons in the country, they continue to face difficulties is getting access to such services.

    In March, the Senate unanimously approved Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017.

    In the same month, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government issued driving licences to two transgender persons.

    Moreover, the National Database and Registration Authority started providing transgendered community members with three gender categories on the registration forms for CNICs.

    But the community remains grappling for survival.

    However, their woes pertaining to the issuance of CNICs would be heard at the top court’s Lahore Registry on Monday (tomorrow) where the chief justice has summoned chief secretary Punjab, other relevant officials and Akhuwat Foundation Executive Director Dr Amjad Saqib.

    ‘Undercounted’
    Besides, the non-issuance of CNICs transgender persons are also faced with the issue of identity on their CNICs, which is one of the reasons why they were said to be undercounted in the sixth census conducted in March.

    In 2009, when the Supreme Court ordered the issuance of special national identity cards to transgender persons, the process began briefly but then it was shut down and restarted in 2012.

    During the three-year gap, between 2009 and 2012, no new CNICs were printed, and many of the transgender persons still have cards that identify them as male.

    It was said that the census results showed over 10,000 transgender persons were living in Pakistan. But their own estimates suggested their population should be roughly around 300,000 to 500,000. There must be at least 300 people of the community living in Lahore’s Heera Mandi alone, according to Bindiya Rana, a transgender activist.


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    Door opens for transgenders in govt jobs

    The federal and Punjab governments have decided to start inducing people who are transgender in the public sector, including the police department. Both governments have begun allocating seats for people who are transgender along with men and women and have even given them an age relaxation of up to two years. People who are transgender will soon be able to apply for jobs in different public institutions including wildlife, fisheries, social welfare, health, anti-corruption and others. They can also apply for jobs which are published by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). There will be no allocated quota for such people and they will be hired on merit based on their educational qualifications. The move has been applauded by the Shemale Association (SA). Its head Almas Bobby said that the measure will help reduce discrimination with those of the third gender. She added that the people who are transgender will also contest the upcoming local and national elections while they are also eligible for voting now.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2255953...s-in-govt-jobs


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