Legislators for conformity of Transgender Act with injunctions of Islam

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Ijaz Kakakhel

A legislative body of Upper House of parliament was informed that primary objective was to bring the original The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018 in conformity with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

The consideration over the Act was held during the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, which was held at Parliament House while Walid Iqbal in the Chair.

Senator Mohsin Aziz, special invitee to the Committee, who had also moved an Amendment Bill relating to the 2018 Act which was to be presented in the Senate later that afternoon, along with three other Amendment Bills on the same subject moved by various other Senators, also emphasized upon the need to align the 2018 Act with Islamic Injunctions. Former Senator Farhat Ullah Babar, as a member of the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights, which considered the original Bill in 2017-18, gave a brief overview of the deliberations undertaken by the Committee at that time.

Senator Walid Iqbal, Chairman of the Committee, sought views of the Committee members on either clubbing together the existing two along with the further expected four Amendment Bills and sending them back to the House from where they could be sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology in accordance with Article 229 of the Constitution for its expert opinion, or whether the Committee itself should further deliberate on the clubbed Amendment Bills in its next meetings. The members of the Committee, while unanimously acknowledging that no law could be repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah, also unanimously decided to further deliberate upon all clubbed Amendment Bills in its upcoming Committee meetings for the time being. The Committee also observed that it might be necessary to invite religious scholars, medical/legal experts, human rights activists, representatives of transgender community, and Chairman NADRA in its upcoming meetings on the subject.

 

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