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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has been asked to hear the arguments of gender experts against the Transgender Bill of Rights, 2018.

A full court of the FSC headed by Acting Chief Justice Syed Muhammad Anwar heard a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Senator Mushtaq Ahmad against the Transgender Rights Bill, 2018, saying it was against Islamic principles of inheritance.

Bubli Malik, a transgender, prayed before the court to seek the help of gender experts, saying it is imperative to listen to gender experts for proper definition of transgender and their rights. Acting CJ FSC asked Bubli “if you are in contact with any gender expert”. “Dr. Farzana Bari or Dr. Sana Yasir can be summoned to assist the court,” replied the transgender spokesperson. Transgender rights activist Nayab Ali was also present in the court. “I am heading a special wing of the police department,” the Naib told the bench.

“With the initiation of the case related to transgender recognition, threats have increased against us,” the Nayab told the court. Nayab said three transgenders were killed in Peshawar. “Until the case is decided, the court should issue an order not to take any action against the transgenders,” the Naib asked the bench.

During the hearing, Justice Anwar asked what the government’s criteria were for the employment quota for transgenders. A spokesman for the Ministry of Human Rights replied that there is a proper system for their job quota.

In his petition, the JI leader argued that the bill would create complications in Islamic inheritance rules. He claimed that allowing trans rights would lead to an affirmation of the LGBTQ movement.

Senator Mushtaq suggested that if someone files a gender change request with NADRA, they should undergo a medical examination first. He said the bill gave people the right to change their gender identity and 30,000 people had applied to NADRA seeking to change their gender. The medical board should have the authority to determine one’s gender and not the individual, he argued.

The case was adjourned indefinitely.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022


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