The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP)—Mian Saqib Nisar has instructed for the formation of a committee on Monday for providing free computerised national identity cards (CNICs) to the transgender community members within a time frame of three weeks.
The order was given during the follow-up hearing session of the suo-moto case relating the non-issuance of identity cards to the transgender community, held at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry.
For making sure that the CNICs are provided without any problems, Justice Nisar directed that the cards would be issued via a “one-window” facility.
The CJP mentioned during the hearing session that the Supreme Court would be monitoring all the steps online and the CJP would personally supervise the matter.
He further added that special courts would be made for the safeguard of the rights of the transgender community members.
He remarked that unless and until the transgender persons are provided with the court’s protection, their problems could not be solved. He also said that any kind of misconduct with them would not be tolerated.
He mentioned that the transgender persons who already have the identity cards should be given the right of casting votes.
He termed the transgender persons as important members of the society, and whether or not the government do something for safeguarding their rights which every citizen enjoys, the courts would make sure that they provide them with justice as much as they could provide.
He added that such a system would be made that the transgender members would be provided with their rights at their doorsteps.
Mian Saqib Nisar also said that we all as a society should be ashamed of ourselves for the way we treat transgenders.
The CJP instructed the authorities for doing workshops for raising awareness and to highlight the issues faced by the transgender community.
He also ordered for the making of a ten-member countrywide committee which would conduct the informative seminars for the transgenders.