SC orders issuance of CNIC cards to transgenders within 15 days

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the issuance of computerised national identity cards (CNIC) to transgender persons within 15 days.

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Nisar, while presiding over the suo motu hearing of non-issuance of CNICs to transgender persons, asked National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman Usman Mubeen whether transgender persons were being issued CNICs.

On June 18th, the Supreme Court of Pakistan directed to form a special committee to ensure the transgenders are issued computerized national identity cards (CNIC).

Today, Chief Justice of Pakistan Jstice Mian Saqib Nisar presided over the suo motu hearing of non-issuance of CNICS of the transgender persons at Supreme Court’s  Lahore Registry,
The CJP Saqib Nisar took the suo motu notice on this pertinent issue on Sunday.

A press release issued by the Supreme Court stated that the chief justice took notice after his visit to Foundation House in Lahore, where transgender persons complained to him regarding non-issuance of CNICs.

Fountain House is a shelter facility that has recently been opened in Lahore’s Rachna Town for transgender persons. The facility houses transgender people aged 50 or above, as well as those seeking treatment for diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis. Transgender people are provided with food and medical treatment free of cost at the shelter home.

In March, the Senate unanimously approved Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017.

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