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KP Assembly passed resolution seeking voting rights for transgender community

07 December, 2016

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The Khyber Pakthunkwa (KP) Assembly Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution seeking voting rights for the transgender community in the province.

The resolution moved by Amna Sardar of PML-N, stated that the federal government should be pursued to contact the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for giving voting rights to transgenders.

"Recommendations should be forwarded to give transgender rights of franchise and granting them a respectable status in the society," said Sardar.

The assembly also passed the resolution moved by provincial finance minister, Inayat Ullah Khan.

The resolution moved by Inayat Ullah demanded that Nadra authorities should be approached on issue of 'blocked cards'.

He said that all the blocked cards should be cleared with in two months as lack of proper identification documentation has restricted the movement tens of thousands of people who are confined to their homes.

The resolutions were passed by the KP Assembly unanimously.

In the new budget for fiscal year 2016-17, a special fund of Rs200 million was also earmarked for the welfare of transgender community of the province for the first time in the budget history of KP.

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