Two transgender persons shot injured in Kohat

KOHAT: Two transgender persons were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on them on Hangu Road in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Kohat district on Monday night.

The injured persons were shifted to Kohat Development Authority (KDA) Hospital from the crime spot. The police sources said that unknown motorcyclists opened fire on them leaving the two transgenders critically injured and escaped from the crime spot. Police have cordoned off the area and started searching for the accused.

It should be noted that there is already a shortage of staff due to a doctor’s strike against the government new health policy. There was only one doctor on duty in the KDA hospital emergency when the transgender persons were brought to the hospital. The hospital administration said that best efforts will be made to provide immediate medical assistance to both the injured persons.

Transgender persons are facing brutal violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to TransAction Pakistan, a group working for the rights of transgender persons in KP says that 64 transgender persons have been killed in the province since 2015. Many more have also been injured in various firing incidents.

Transgender persons also complain of not receiving proper medical care in public sector hospitals. Transgender alleged that some of their friends who get injured in attacks die in hospitals as they do not receive proper medical attention.

Teachers’ protest

MOHMAND: A walk was organized by all Teacher’s Association in the tribal district of Mohmand and later in front of Mohmand Press Club demonstrated demanding the government, not to the appointment of management officers on teaching posts and recruit new teachers through Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency without any delay.

According to correspondent TNN, president of All Teacher’s Association, Marjan Ali, present his demands and said that Director Education for Tribal Districts should be restored. The protesters chanted slogans against the government, saying that the teachers of the tribal districts should be given immediate justice or else their protests would continue.