Pakistan

PESHAWAR – Affronted by the controversial remarks of PTI’s estranged leader Ayesha Gulalai, the transgender community has warned the latter that they would stage a protest outside her home if she did not retract her statement and issue a public apology.


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Gulalai who caused a stir by accusing Imran Khan of sexual harassment, has now invited the ire of the transgender community.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly on Monday, MNA Gulalai expressed her reservations over the PTI chief’s referring to all women of the country as ‘hamari aurtien’ (our women).

“What does he think? Are the men who come to his rallies with women transgender? [Is] that [why] Imran Niazi addresses them as ‘our women’,” she questioned.

Gulalai said senior leaders like Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen called PTI workers ‘sister’ or ‘daughter’ in public rallies, but the PTI chairman only addressed them as ‘my women’.

“Does Imran Khan think our men are [transgender]?” she said.

TransAction Pakistan, an alliance working for the rights of the transgender community in the country, has threatened to stage a protest outside Gulalai’s home

“Ayesha Gulalai should be ashamed of her statement. She has no right to degrade any community on the basis of gender identity, sexual characteristics, or expression. We ask her to take her statement back and apologise for her pathetic statement. If she does not, we will organise a protest in front of her house,” said a statement by the TransAction Pakistan.