PESHAWAR: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of non-issuance of computerised national identity cards (CNICs) to transgender persons and summoned the chief secretary Punjab and Akhuwat Foundation chairperson Amjad Saqib.
The court will hear the matter at 11:00am today (Monday).
The apex court said in a statement that Justice Saqib Nisar heard the problems of the transgender community during his visit to Akhuwat Fountain House in Lahore on Saturday. The CJP took notice of non-issuance of CNICs to transgender persons upon their complaints.
Pakistan recognised a third sex in 2009, allowing transgender people to get CNICs. The National Assembly also approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, guaranteeing them basic rights in 2018.
However, the transgender community often complains about non-implementation of laws made for their welfare. They say they continue to face discrimination at various places and don’t get the recognition and rights which they deserve as equal citizens of Pakistan.