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13 transgenders to contest July 25 elections in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar 

Thirteen members of the community will be contesting the July 25 elections on various seats across Pakistan, the All Election Network (Apten) said today.

It said two leaders - and - will contest on Tehreek-i-Insaf Gulalai (PTI-G) tickets, while the remaining 11 candidates will run as independents, Dawn reported.

However, they said, at least two transgender people - one in and another in Haripur - were unable to submit nomination papers because they were beaten up and harassed after their intentions to contest elections became public knowledge.

Apten, a group focusing on the invisibility of leaders from the transgender community, comprises TransAction KP, the Sindh Transgender Welfare Network, the and Intersex Community and the

The group, led by Farzana Jan, also demanded removal of systemic barriers to entry of transgender people into politics, and for political parties to induct more members of the community into their ranks.

It said the network would form its own political party after the elections.

The group said that it was aiming for the party to be registered before local body elections.

In 2009, became one of the first countries in the world to legally recognise a third sex, allowing transgenders to obtain identity cards. They number at least half a million people in the country, according to several studies, but their representation in politics and many other spheres of life remains negligible.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 18:15 IST