Transgender community protests killing of colleague

PESHAWAR: Transgender activists on Monday staged a passionate protest outside the Peshawar press club to condemn the killing of a transgender person in Karak district, last week.

The demonstration came five days after a transgender identified as Jahangir was shot dead after he was coming back to Kohat along with two collogues after performing at a wedding ceremony.

A Huge number of transgender persons, from Peshawar and Kohat districts, gathered outside Peshawar Press Club and condemned the police for their failure to arrest the attackers despite the passage of five days. They chanted full-throat slogans against the Karak Police and the PTI government for failure to ensure them protection so that they can earn their livelihood without any fear.

The transgender community lamented that it is injustice with the whole community as such attacks are on the increase while police have so far made no progress to give exemplary punishment to attackers from the court.

“We have been subjected to continuous brutalities by criminals. They are killing us with Kalashnikovs without any crime,” said one of the transgender. “The police are committing injustice with us and the police have totally failed to make any arrested.” The said that they performing at musical events are their only sources of earning but people are ready to allow them to earn the living.

Giving further details of the attack, Karak Police has said that Jehangir, a resident of Mansehra, Mushtaq, a resident of Peshawar and Arshad, a resident of Swabi, were travelling back to Kohat after attending a musical concert in Jatta Ismailkhel area in Karak when unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicle in the limits of Banda Daud Shah Police Station.

All the three sustained bullet injuries and were being taken to the hospital, but Jehangir succumbed to his injuries on the way. The dead and the injured were shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Banda Daud Shah wherefrom they were later referred to the Divisional Hospital Kohat.

TransAction Pakistan, an activist group supporting the rights of transgender persons, said it was the 63rd killing of a transgender person in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province since 2015.