ISLAMABAD – The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has resumed the registration of transgender individuals after a nearly three-month suspension.
This decision comes following a ruling by the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) in May 2023 against certain provisions of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018. The FSC’s decision led to the suspension of ‘X’ National Identity Card (NIC) registration for transgender people by Nadra, sparking opposition from the legal community, civil society, and human rights activists.
In July, Farhatullah Babar, Secretary General of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), challenged the FSC’s verdict in the Shariat appellate bench of the Supreme Court. Today, Nadra issued a notification retracting its earlier order to halt registrations.
Rida Qazi, Nadra’s Public Engagement Director, confirmed the resumption of the ‘X’ NIC printing for transgender individuals, stating that Nadra is constitutionally obligated to issue these cards based on the recommendation of its external legal advice wing. Nayyab Ali, Director of Transgender Rights Consultants Pakistan, celebrated this decision as a victory for the transgender community’s persistent activism.
The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) commended Nadra for its prompt response and decision to reactivate the ‘X’ NIC registration process. NCHR Chairperson Rabiya Javeri Agha emphasized the importance of having a valid NIC for accessing various rights and services.
Provision of a number of rights is linked to having a valid cnic. Without cnics the trans community had no access to numerous rights as citizens of this country. Kudos to @NadraPak for prompt revision of their earlier decision. @reema_omer https://t.co/Xm1qLp90R5— Rabiya Javeri Agha (@RabiyaJaveri) September 25, 2023
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 was enacted by the National Assembly to legally recognize transgender individuals and combat discrimination against them. However, the law faced legal challenges, leading to the FSC’s May 2023 ruling that struck down certain sections of the act as incompatible with Sharia law. This decision has been met with mixed reactions and continues to be a topic of debate and legal scrutiny.
Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold increased by thousands of rupees due to an upward trend in the international market.
On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,800 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,450.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs201,482, 21 karat rate costs Rs192,325 and 18k gold rate is Rs164,850.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Sunday.
|Lahore||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Karachi||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Islamabad||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Peshawar||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Quetta||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Sialkot||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Attock||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Gujranwala||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Jehlum||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Multan||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Gujrat||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Nawabshah||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Chakwal||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Hyderabad||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Nowshehra||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Sargodha||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Faisalabad||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|
|Mirpur||PKR 219,800||PKR 2,730|