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'I am a male, not a transgender person or woman,' North Nazimabad AC Hazim Bangwar tells trolls

10:24 PM | 5 Feb, 2023
'I am a male, not a transgender person or woman,' North Nazimabad AC Hazim Bangwar tells trolls
Source: Hazim Bangwar (Instagram)

Singer-turned-government official Hazim Bangwar became the centre of attention ever since the news of his appointment as assistant commissioner in Karachi's North Nazimabad neighbourhood broke.

The 29-year-old faced severe criticism and trolling online due to his unique persona and lavish lifestyle. With bullying going as far as labelling him a 'woman' or 'transgender person', Bangwar made it clear that he finds this labelling offensive. 

After Bangwar's appointment, his personal life was the subject of severe scrutiny and many people churned out fabricated posts such as a screenshot of a Twitter post allegedly made by Hazim in August 2018 that features a rainbow flag with the tweet, "Happy Pride Month." Bangwar said it was a "fake" tweet and there was no such tweet on his Twitter timeline.

Being at his wits' end, Bangwar decided to put a stop to the trolling once and for all. In a recent interview shared by Pakistani journalist Rai Saqib Kharal, Bangwar suggested, "There are some misconceptions and misunderstandings that I would like to clear. Never have I ever held any colourful flag, nor have I ever posted a picture holding it -- that's fake, that's not true. Never have I associated myself with any organization either."

The assistant commissioner clarified, "About those calling me a transgender... I am not transgender, I am male. I am not a woman, I'm a male. However, these speculations were a bit offensive. Not for me, personally. But the fact that these people were calling me a woman, and using it as an insult, that is offensive to mothers, sisters, working women, female officers."

The Tujhko Bhulaya singer added, "They're constantly reinforcing the stereotype that being a woman is bad. I am not a woman so this does not affect me personally. But what are you promoting? That being a woman is bad? Or being a third gender is bad? That is completely unfair. And I would say it is offensive. I feel offended on behalf of the women and the transgender community." 

With an interesting background — and unusual for those who take pride in attacking everyone and anyone looking different from a typical Pakistani man  — Bangwar holds a degree in Fashion Design and Marketing from AIU, London. He also pursued an LLB from a university in London.

When a fashion design degree and LLB couldn't satisfy Bangwar, he turned to music. Having worked with the likes of Jessie J, Future, Ciara, Juelz, T-Pain, Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj, Bangwar is here to change the face of the Pakistani bureaucracy. 

In 2019, he released his first single Haram, which received worldwide recognition, especially in South Korea, Hungary, Egypt and India. Bangwar also released his first Urdu song, Tujhko Bhulaya, in 2021.

The writer is a staff member.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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