Tarar rejects baseless propaganda regarding Transgender Bill

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

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

The Law Minister said transgender people are also human beings and this legislation is meant to protect their rights, including inheritance, education, employment, health, and purchasing a property. He stated that using transgender people for begging would be illegal.

Azam Nazir Tarar said the opinion of the Chairman of the Islamic Ideology Council was also sought with regard to the transgender bill. He said it is a wrong interpretation that intersex marriages have been allowed through this bill.

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