Pakistan’s Supreme Court will hire two transgenders to give them their rights in the Muslim-majority country, said the Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.
Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to legally recognize a third sex in the year 2009 and even allowed transgenders to obtain identity cards. They are at least half a million transgenders in the country, but their representation in politics and many other spheres of life remains negligible.
Saqib Nisar said that the community was facing threats and ridicule in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “In our society transgenders are subjected to ridicule. It is our top most priority to give them their rights,” said the Chief Justice.
“Court wants to bring them into the mainstream. It wants to resolve their issues,” he said. This came as he chaired a bench to hear a case regarding transgenders’ rights. The chief justice said the court would issue a notice to NGOs and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while it hears the case related to basic rights of transgenders.