PESHAWAR: A transgender person sustained injuries while his friend escaped unhurt in a firing incident in Nothia area of Peshawar on Monday night.

Police said two transgender persons Adnan and Kamran were going to their residence in Dabgari area from Nothia at around 9:00pm when unidentified armed men opened fire on them. Adnan sustained injuries in the firing, while Kamran escaped unhurt. Adnan received two bullets, one in stomach and one injured his head. She was immediately shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital.

Doctors at the hospital said the condition of the injured transgender person was out of danger after surgery.

According to reports, a group of transgender persons entered the hospital and damaged equipment in protest against the incident and improper medical treatment. However, the hospital staff strongly denied any mistreatment and said all standard parameters were followed in the treatment of the injured transgender person. The hospital administration said a group of transgender persons entered the operation theatre and damaged the equipment and also committed some improper acts. The administration said proof of the improper behaviour of the transgender persons is available in shape of CCTV footage.

The LRH statement said the injured transgender person was properly treated at the Surgical Ward and operation theatre and no negligence was committed. It said the head of Surgical Department and an assistant professor performed surgery on the transgender person and he was shifted to the intensive care unit. It said the attitude of the protesting transgender persons impeded several surgeries in the operation theatre and lives of the patients were exposed to danger.

Meanwhile, the injured transgender person has refused to nominate anyone for attempt to murder him. Capital  City Police Officer (CCPO) Qazi Jameelur Rehman has taken notice of the incident and formed a team to probe the matter. The investigation team has been asked to file probe report on daily basis.

The CCPO said the transgender persons must not be considered week and they deserve full rights like other citizens of the country. He said Peshawar Police will leave no stone unturned to trace the culprits and security will be provided to all the transgender persons.



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