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ISLAMABAD: Transgender community had expressed serious concerns over the establishment of separate graveyards for the transgender persons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the north western province of Pakistan.
Representatives of the transgender community expressed concerns that that the decision will further increase the discriminatory behavior with the community in the society. Being a Muslim either male, female or transgender have the same right to be buried in same graveyards, a representative of the transgender community said.
Executive Director of Wajud Organization, Bubbli Malik said, transgender community never faced any problem regarding the burial in graveyard, there are many examples that the general public also participated in the funeral prayers of transgender. The government should take initiative to make their lives secure instead of the establishment of separate graveyards.
We strongly condemn this step of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government. Why transgender community is being discriminated even after death? Every Muslim, irrespective of gender, should be buried in the same graveyard, she said.
Focal Person for the Transgender Community in Punjab, Alam Bobby said, instead of creating awareness in the society, the government is promoting discriminatory behavior with the transgender community. Instead of taking security measure the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government is making efforts for the separate graveyard for transgender. Separate graveyards are not the solution to resolve our problems. Government should create education, health, safety and employment opportunities for the transgender.
Total population of the transgender people reported in census 2017 is 10,418 in Pakistan. Punjab – the most populous province of Pakistan – has 64.4 per cent of the country’s transgender population with 6,709 people registered in the category while the second highest population of transgender people is in Sindh province — 2,527 which is 24% of the total population.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 913 while the erstwhile FATA – now merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – has 27 transgender people. The Balochistan province houses 109 whereas Islamabad – the capital of Pakistan – houses 133 transgender people.

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