Justice minister rejects baseless propaganda about transgender bill

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Justice Minister Azam Nazir Tarar on Thursday dismissed baseless propaganda regarding the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.

Addressing a joint press conference, with Prime Minister’s adviser Qamar Zaman Kaira, in Islamabad on Thursday, he said it was not a new law as it was enacted in 2018. He said that all political parties including PML-N, PPP, PTI, and others approved this law in 2018. He said Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan of Jamat-e-Islami had proposed an amendment to the law to prevent its misuse.

The Minister of Justice said that transgender people are human beings too and that this legislation aims to protect their rights, including inheritance, education, employment, health and the purchase of property. He said using transgender people for begging would be illegal.

Azam Nazir Tarar said the advice of the chairman of the Islamic Ideology Council was also sought regarding the draft transgender law. He said it is a misinterpretation that intersex marriages were allowed by this bill.

Speaking on the occasion, Qamar Zaman Kaira said that we support Senator Mushtaq’s amendments to the bill. He said one should refrain from disgracing a person in the name of criticism.

Responding to a question, Qamar Zaman Kaira warned PTI leader Imran Khan that organizing a peaceful march is a democratic right of the opposition, but no one will be allowed to violate the law. He said protesters will not be allowed to enter the red zone and strict action will be taken against violators.

On another question, the adviser said that the federal government reserves the right to take legal action if a provincial government conspires against it.

Responding to a question, he said the government was considering regulating social media to end its misuse. He also advised the leader of the PTI, Imran Khan, to avoid the politics of agitation and adopt a democratic and civilized way of bringing a no-confidence motion against the government or waiting for the next general election.

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