Transgender rights in Pakistan: CJP announces the historic step

Transgender rights in Pakistan: CJP announces the historic step

*ISLAMABAD - In an initiative to mainstream the transgender community, Chief Justice of Pakistan has announced the historic decision.*

*He announced on Wednesday that two transgender persons will be given employment in the Supreme Court.*

During the hearing of a case pertaining to the rights of transgender community, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said that the judiciary wants to incorporate transgender people into the nation as an accepted and ordinary person.

“It is our first priority to give transgender community their due rights,” the top judge stated lamenting that transgender are ridiculed in our society.

A day earlier, Lahore High Court also wrote to Punjab government and Secretary Health to construct separate wards for transgender in hospitals.

The high court observed that this move would cater the privacy of transgender.

Previously, the apex court had granted transgender people the right to vote and the Chief Justice has vowed that more social rights will be given to them.

In the light of SC’s decision, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) issued transgenders computerized national identity cards (CNIC) and the oppressed community cast their votes for the first time in July 25 elections.

The Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen), an independent think-tank, also appointed around 25 transgender persons to work for the organization as election observers.