Islamabad: Pakistan`s state-run national
database has decided to provide jobs to members of the
trans-gender community in line with a Supreme Court ruling to
protect the rights of eunuchs.
The National Database Registration Authority`s
decision to provide jobs to trans-gender persons at its
regional offices was made at a meeting yesterday chaired by
the organisation`s Chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem.
NADRA is responsible for issuing national identity
cards and maintaining a database of Pakistani citizens.
NADRA will initially appoint seven eunuchs as data
entry operators at provincial offices to help process
applications from members of the trans-gender community for
national identity cards, officials said.
The meeting also discussed aspects of the policy
framework for issuing identity cards to trans-gender people in
accordance with a decision of the Supreme Court.
NADRA is set to begin issuing identity cards to
trans-gender persons from January.
Earlier this year, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had
directed authorities to include trans-gender people in voters`
lists and issue identity cards to them.
Representatives of eunuchs` rights associations,
including Almas Bobby and Shazia Choudhary, participated in
discussions related to registration, recognition,
identification and employment opportunities for the
Pakistani authorities, including representatives of
the Islamic Ideology Council, recently decided to include the
third category of "mukhannas" for the trans-gender community
in application forms for the national identity card.