2 Transgenders will be Provided Jobs in Supreme Court of Pakistan

Pakistan’s Supreme Court will hire two transgenders to give them their rights in the Muslim-majority country, the Chief Justice said.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said two transgenders would be provided jobs in the Supreme Court.

The chief justice announced the decision while heading a three-member bench which heard a case pertaining to the rights of transgenders and provision of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) to them.

“I took the decision to mainstream the community as our topmost priority is to ensure their rights,” the CJP said.

The chief justice said the court would issue notice to NGOs and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while it hears the case related to basic rights of transgenders.

“Court wants to bring them into mainstream. It wants to resolve their issues,” he said.

During the course of proceedings, CJP Nisar asked whether the CNICs of all the petitioners had been issued.

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman informed the court that the process for issuance of CNICs to transgenders was underway. Some

342 CNICs had been issued as yet, he added.

In 2009, Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to legally recognise a transgenders, allowing transgenders to obtain identity cards. They number at least half a million people in the country, according to several studies, but their representation in politics and many other spheres of life remains negligible

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