Sat, Mar 25, 2017 | updated 07:28 AM IST

In a first, Pakistan to include Transgenders in national census

Updated: Jan 10, 2017 03:53 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 10 (ANI): The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ruled that the transgender community should be included in the national population census.

Hearing a petition against non-inclusion of members of the transgender community in the census, LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah directed authorities to keep a separate box in the national identity card registration form for the sexual orientation of transgender persons, reports the Express Tribune.

The petitioner had requested the court to order effective lawmaking to safeguard the rights of the community.

During the course of hearing, representatives of the deputy attorney general and ministry of population welfare, who appeared in the court, informed Justice Shah that the members of the transgender community will be included in the forthcoming census.

So far, five censuses have conducted- in 1951, 1961, 1972, 1981 and the last in 1998. It should be carried out after every 10 years as per the Constitution.

The census carries legal, political and economic implications, apparently as it provides basis for political representation in the national and provincial assemblies, basis of distribution of funds and determination of quota for recruitment to all the civil posts in the federal government.

In 2012, Pakistan Supreme Court declared equal rights for transgender citizens, including the right to inherit property and assets, preceded a year earlier by the right to vote but are still shunned by mainstream society.

Nepal's 2011 census was hailed as the first national census globally to allow people to register as a third gender while India counted transgender people in its national census for the first time in 2011. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): The recent incident of violence at Punjab University in Pakistan on March 22, perpetrated by the members of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) student wing, Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT), again raised the question as to why successive provincial and central authorities in Pakistan have not clamped down on the criminal activities of this radicalised student body.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 25 (ANI): A joint investigation by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command and MI5 led to new arrests on Thursday in London, Birmingham and Manchester, in connection with Wednesday's terror attack in Westminster, with two people still in custody.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Mar. 25 (ANI): Amid the controversy surrounding the Kremlin's involvement in last year's race for the White House, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has remarked that while President Donald Trump might have been talking about winning, it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who was actually winning.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bomb blast at a police outpost near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection here.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Punjab University on Friday banned curricular and extracurricular activities of all student organisations on the premises of the university here.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): A forum of ambassadors from Muslim countries, who met in the federal capital of Pakistan, on Friday unanimously decided to protect the sanctity and dignity of Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and said the entire Muslim ummah is united for the same.

Full Story >>

Lille [France], Mar. 25 (ANI): At least three people have been reported injured in a mass shooting in France's Lille, as reported by The Telegraph.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 25 (ANI): North Korea is ready for its sixth underground nuclear test at any time, two US officials told CNN on Friday.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 25 (ANI): In his first statement after pulling the health care bill, United States President Donald Trump leaned hard on the Democrats and said that Obamacare was going to "explode."

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 25 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Friday asked the House Republicans to pull the heath care bill, a day after he threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn't get a vote.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 24 (ANI): A suicide bomber was killed while trying to carry out an attack on police outpost near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Dhaka on Friday evening.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Mar. 24 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Kremlin is not seeking to influence the presidential race in France, but has the right to meet with representatives of the country's political parties.

Full Story >>

Geneva [Switzerland], Mar. 24 (ANI): The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday decided to send an independent international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged human rights violations in the country, against the ethnic Rohingya Muslims in particular.

Full Story >>

Seoul [South Korea], Mar. 24 (ANI): South Korea on Friday protested Japan's history textbooks for high school, which reflect Tokyo's repeated territorial claims to a pair of rocky islets lying halfway between the two countries.

Full Story >>

Manila [Philippines], Mar. 24 (ANI): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while looking forward to his second trip to China this May to attend the "One Belt, One Road" Summit said on Friday said that he can 'choose friends who are kind and understanding'.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Mar. 24 (ANI): A Hawaii federal judge, who ruled against U.S. President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, has received threat messages, the FBI said.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 24 (ANI): At least one person was killed and three others were injured after an explosion in a suburb of the Egyptian capital of Cairo today interestingly on the same day as ousted former president Hosni Mubarak was released from prison.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 24 (ANI): Pakistan on Friday confirmed its participation in a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan to be held next month in Russia.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Friday walked free after six years.

Full Story >>

London [U.S.], Mar. 24 (ANI): Londoners trickled into Trafalgar Square for a vigil, a day after a deadly terror attack near the premises of the British Parliament rocked the city.

Full Story >>