Pakistan transgenders pin hopes on new rights

Remarkably for a conservative country like this, Pakistan is about to introduce a third gender category on its national identity cards.Previously, we were having two categories, male and female, for registration,” says Brigadier Ehsan ul-Haq, who is in charge of the national database and registration authority in Karachi.”But this community agitated for a separate identity of their own. They went to the Supreme Court, the court agreed and we will implement it.”Brigadier Ehsan says that to his knowledge there has been no opposition to the ruling, either within the registration authority or outside it.“I personally feel it is a good decision by our highest court,” he says. “Transgenders wanted recognition for their community. Why not reflect them as having a separate identity if it is biologically so?”


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