NADRA Resumes Transgender Registration After Court Suspension
NADRA has resumed registering transgender individuals after a three-month suspension caused by a Federal Shariat Court verdict. The decision comes following a notification retracting Nadra’s previous order to stop registration. Rida Qazi, Nadra’s Public Engagement Director, confirmed the revival of ‘X’ National Identity Cards (NICs) for transgender individuals, citing constitutional obligations based on legal advice. Nayyab Ali of Transgender Rights Consultants Pakistan praised the decision, and the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) commended Nadra’s swift response.
The FSC’s May 2023 ruling had initially halted ‘X’ NIC registrations, but it faced opposition from various quarters, including Secretary General of the PPP Farhatullah Babar, who challenged the verdict. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act of 2018, a significant law, aims to provide legal recognition and protection to transgender individuals and combat discrimination. However, in May 2023, the FSC invalidated parts of the law, citing Sharia law conflicts.
Man Killed in Lakki Police Encounter After Abducting Cousin Due to Rejected Proposal
In a tragic incident in Lakki Marwat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, a man lost his life during a police operation to rescue his abducted cousin, Sobia. Hikmatullah, the abductor, had forcibly kidnapped Sobia at gunpoint after his marriage proposal was rejected.
The situation turned deadly when Hikmatullah killed Sobia and engaged in a fatal exchange of gunfire with the police during a rescue raid. The incident unfolded over four days, from September 19 to September 23, leaving the community deeply disturbed.
Swift Arrest Made in Acid Attack Case Stemming from Marriage Feud in Karachi
Within hours of an acid attack in Hasrat Mohani Colony at around 9:30am on Monday, Pak Colony police in Karachi swiftly apprehended a suspect. The victim, a 35-year-old woman, was critically injured when Arsalan, son of Noor Mohammad, allegedly threw acid on her doorstep.
The attack appears to be the result of a long-standing personal feud stemming from a marriage dispute three years ago between Arsalan’s elder brother and the victim’s sister. Police rushed to the scene and immediately transported the injured woman to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), as per SSP Arif Aslam Rao of District Keamari.