Pakistan Issues its First Ever Third-Gender Passport in History

Transgenders in Pakistan — as you may imagine — exist since the beginning of the national history, however, it was just recently that the country issued its first ever transgender passport to a transgender activist.

This marks as an achievement by the transgender community as the government decided to introduce third-gender category for the passport holders.

Farzana Jan, a renowned transgender activist, was the first individual to get the passport last week and as the gender was marked with “X” all transgenders in the country are immediately qualified to obtain a passport travel abroad.

Farzana, the president of the charity Trans Action Pakistan, told routers that introduction of the X classification – along with M for Male and F for Female – is a significant step in the community’s fight for legal recognition in Pakistan.

She said that while male and female individuals were given all the rights, transgenders are still fighting for an identity in this age and time.

Farzana said that she — and her community — also wants to see the outside world and travelling wasn’t possible for them before this.

It must be noted that transgenders lead better lives in Pakistan as compared to many other countries, however, they have struggled to get legal and official identification at various levels. This is why transgender community is yet to get jobs or healthcare facilities in Pakistan.

Farzana is hopeful that circumstances are changing and better future for transgenders is about to be here real soon.

  • tHEY ARE CITIZENS OF PAKISTAN AND THEY HAVE RIGHT. Special jobs should be allotted for them. well done I appreciate and Specially Congratulate Farzana for creating History.

    • Why special jobs? why not usual and common jobs if they are qualified and have the required skills?

      What I mean by this is that they should be encouraged to attain skills and qualification and then should be offered usual jobs as everyone else.

      • I disagree. aap ko pta he hai humari awam kitni civilized hai or humaray piyare watan ki workplaces pa jhailo ka qabza hai. Jo har parhay likhay ko jhail na honay ki khob saza deta hai. Koi bhi taraqi pasand soch rakhnay wala mard bhi adjust nhi ho pata or khawateen kay sath jo bhi salook kiya jata. Jis stress har waqt dimagh pa rehta hai. In bicharo ko phaly he log sexworker samjtay hai. aagy aap khud samajdar ho….

        • First Time Agreed! Sex worker hain to inhe usi kaam ka licence dediya jaye jaise foreign countries mein hota hai. even kay Bangladesh mein bhi hai. aur think about this Bangladesh Pakistan se ziada taraqi yafta hai.Prostitution is Legal in Bangladesh/
          Aur ap ne sahi kaha Jahil awam hain yeah sub hone nhi day gi.
          Jab yeah sub krne ka mauqa aye ga to sub nadidon ki tarah ajayen gay laiken agar koi ise legal krne ka kahe ga to tarah tarah ki batain shuru krtdaun gay tehreekain chalayen gay.
          Yeah sari Tehreek Chalane wali NGOS sub andar se aurtain aisi hi hoti hain.

      • Aamir sab fully agreed with your comment. They must be treated as usual in any field and they must not be ignored. They are not meant for only dance or clapping etc. They can do every type job and if we want to be a good nation than we must not laugh on them. Well done Farzana and congratulations.

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