KARAK: People from transgender community of Mansehra on Thursday staged a protest demonstration against the murder of a transgender person by unknown attackers in Karak.

The Shemail Association members led by Nadira Khan and Maria Khan staged protest in front of Mansehra Press Club amid rain and cold weather. Nadira Khan said the transgender community is under attack and several persons from the community have been killed recently, but the government and human rights organisations are not coming forward for their protection.

“Are we not human beings or these (human rights) organisations are working for minting funds only,” she questioned.

Nadira Khan said Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Mushtaq Ghani has allotted a piece of land for graveyard for transgender persons which is appreciable. However, she said, transgender persons must also be given right to live. She said it is the responsibility of the government to provide security and other basic rights to transgender persons and give them freedom to choose their profession. She demanded the government to arrest the killers of transgender Tabu and publically hang them.

The transgender persons also held a rally from the press club building to Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Chowk and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.

On 29 January, one transgender person was killed and two others were injured in a firing incident in Karak. Police said transgender persons were coming back from a music function in Jatta Ismailkhel area when unknown armed men opened fire on their vehicle. One transgender person Jehangir was killed in the firing, while two others, Mushtaq and Arshid, were injured. The injured persons were taken to Peshawar for treatment due to their critical condition.

Police said they have arrested a suspect, Hamdan, allegedly having a role in the murder. They said the music programme on that night was held in the hujra (male guest house) of Hamdan after which the transgender persons were attacked.

Recently, a transgender person, Nazo was also killed in Peshawar and the culprits had cut her into pieces.

According to TransAction Pakistan, an institution working for the rights of transgender persons, 62 transgender persons have been killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2015.

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