Religious political parties rejected the transgender rights bill and have given the federal government a deadline of October 7 to withdraw it.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Siraj-ul-Haq said that all religious groups will demonstrate at Lahore’s Shuhada Mosque in large numbers if the government does not act seriously.
The JI chief declared that the measure is against the Holy Quran, the Sunnah, and the Pakistani constitution following a consultative gathering of religious parties in Mansoorah.
He described it as being a part of a western agenda and said that all three major parties agreed on the matter.
Siraj claimed that while he was not against transgender people’s rights, he was worried that the contentious bill would dismantle the family unit.
According to the JI chief, the gathering of all religious parties would take place on October 7.
He further said that he will discuss the matter with Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sajid Mir, Allama Nasir Abbas, and other religious figures.
A government ally and member of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), filed a lawsuit against the Transgender Protection Act, 2018, on Friday in the Federal Shariat Court.
The JUI-F stated in the petition that “no law can be made against the Quran and Sunnah in the country”.
In 2018, the National Assembly passed the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Act, which was just recently implemented.
In addition to the right to vote and run for office, the law grants transgender people equal access to education, basic health care, writing their transgender identity on their identity cards and passports, and other rights.
The trans community in Pakistan claimed that misleading information had been spread about the Transgender Protection Act, saying that calling individuals who fought for equal rights for trans persons “homosexuals” amounted to treating them cruelly.