Transgender rights activist shot injured

The Co admin of TransAction Page on Facebook and a member of TransAction Alliance Adnan was shot by unknown people on Tuesday night. He was returning from a meeting with four people in a car. He is in a critical condition and under observation in Lady Reading Hospital.

Qamar is working with the TransAlliance and many other groups who are working for the rights of Transgenders. While speaking to The Nation he said, “Adnan was taken to Lady Reading Hospital where he was refused treatment. The doctors and police were laughing at us, while he was bleeding. We reached the place at 9:30pm and he got treatment at around 11:15pm. All this time no one was ready to attend him.

“We even reminded them the orders of the Supreme Court that a critical patient should be treated first later the police can follow up the case. But no one was ready to help.”

He told The Nation, they had to ask help from Noor Zaman Khattak, Director Human Rights and get it into the Media, only then Adnan was assisted. “The police even took Adnan’s thumb prints on empty papers without our permission but we tore them as they wanted to make a fake case against him. The nurses and the doctors could not decide where to place Adnan, in the ladies or male ward. This was really disturbing for us.

“We were not expecting such irresponsible, insensitive and inhumane treatment. Even now he is being kept in the male ward but with curtain stands around him. Female nurse staff is not ready to assist him so male staff is looking after him after being pressurized by media coverage.”

Qamar expressed his sorrow and disappointment in Imran Khan and his promises. “Why can people at Shaukat Khanum get high-class treatment, but not in government hospitals? He has never supported the minorities, marginalized people of Khyber PakhtoonKhawa. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has given good legislations in the assemblies but they have never said a word for women, minorities and marginalized people.

“About 3 months ago we even applied for protection to I.G Nasir Durrani, but this day has come where Adnan has been shot but no security was provided. We doubt it will have any affect in the future too.”

TransAction Alliance and other groups are working in 18 districts to educate transgender about their rights.  There are around 48,000 transgender in KPK. Qamar said, “If CM KPK Pervaiz Khattak does not give the transgender their due rights, we will file a writ in the Supreme Court against contempt of court. It has categorically stated that transgender should be treated equally and be given their due shares and Identity in the society.”

Umaima Ahmed is a member  of staff

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