Transgender community protests in Quetta
Members of the transgender community staged a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club: Photo Ashraf Khan

Transgender community protests in Quetta

Staff Reporter :

The transgender community staged a protest demonstration in Quetta against the killing of transgender in Peshawar the other day. Protest staged outside Quetta Press Club to press the authorities to arrest the culprits involved in the murder of the transgender Gul Para in Peshawar. “Transgenders are not safe especially in Peshawar”, Komal Afridi, an office-bearer of the transgender community told the daily Quetta Voice.

Armed men opened fire and killed a transgender in Peshawar. Another transgender sustained serious wounds in the attack. “We are in a state of insecurity across the country”, Komal Afridi lamented.

The tragic incident sparked protests across the country on social media networks including Twitter and Facebook. Members of civil society, political parties, and media demanded of the government to arrest the culprits behind the terror attack.

PM Imran Khan should break the silenceĀ 

The transgenders had carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans demanding the arrest of the culprits behind the incident. Prime Minister, Imran Khan should break the silence and take action against the murderers, Haro G, another office-bearer of the transgender community demanded during the protest.

The transgender community also chanted slogans against attacks and demanded protection from law enforcement agencies. “Police failed to protect us”, Haro G said.

The transgender community however observed that they were safe in Quetta as compared to other parts of the country. Strict security measures were adopted during the protest demonstration by the local administration to avert any untoward incident.

Earlier, in their speeches, the office bearers of the transgender community lashed out at Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa provincial government for its failure to protect transgender. They said such incidents were an order of the day in KP and the provincial government was not taking any step to protect transgenders.

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