Govt asked for seats for transgender, disabled persons in LGs

Peshawar   –  A private organisation, the Coalition for Inclusive Pakistan (CIP), has asked the provincial government to reserve seats for the disabled persons and transgender community in the local governments like those of reserved seats for women so that they could play their role in politics.

Addressing a news conference at Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, the CIP representatives including Zainat Mohib Kakakhel, Ihsanullah Daudzai, Tahir Kalim, and Katrina said the disabled persons and transgenders were in large numbers in the society but they could not play an active role in politics.

They said that it was the legal, religious and moral duty of the government to include both the sections in the mainstream politics and reserve seats for them in local bodies.

They also said that transgender and disabled persons were facing problems in registration and asked the government to provide them facilities and allow their access to the government departments, including access to polling stations.

They demanded formation of committees at district level under the deputy commissioners concerned to ensure provision of national identity cards to the transgender and disabled persons and sought legislation for their rights. They said the CIP, comprising various NGOs, which worked for the achievement of rights of the disabled and transgender persons.

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