Law minister dismisses 'baseless propaganda' on transgender rights bill

Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar has dismissed baseless propaganda regarding the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, saying the law was enacted in 2018 with the consent of major political parties – PML-N, PPP and PTI.

Addressing a joint news conference, along with Prime Minister's Adviser Qamar Zaman Kaira in Islamabad on Thursday, he said it is not a new law as it was enacted in 2018.

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He said Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan of Jamat-e-Islami has proposed an amendment in the law to prevent its misuse, Radio Pakistan reported.

The law minister said transgender persons are also human beings and this legislation is meant to protect their rights, including inheritance, education, employment, health, and purchasing property. He said the use of transgender persons for begging shall be punishable under the law.

The minister said the opinion of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) chairman was also sought on the Transgender bill. He said it is a wrong interpretation that intersex marriages have been allowed through this bill.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaira said they support Senator Mushtaq's proposed amendments to the bill. He said one should refrain from disgracing a person in the name of criticism.

Also read: Trans people decry objections to rights bill

Responding to a question, the PM’s adviser warned PTI Chief Imran Khan against violating the law saying organising a peaceful march is a democratic right of the opposition “but no one will be allowed to break law”.

He said protestors will not be allowed to enter Islamabad’s red zone area and strict action will be taken against the violators.

To another question, the adviser said the federal government reserved the right to take legal measures if a provincial government conspired against it.

Kaira also added that the government is also considering regulating social media to stop its misuse. He also advised the PTI chairman to shun the politics of agitation and adopt a democratic and civilised way of bringing a no-confidence motion against the government or wait for the next general election.

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