ISLAMABAD    -   Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar Thursday re­jected the ‘baseless propa­ganda’ regarding the Trans­gender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.

Addressing a joint news conference along with Prime Minister’s Advisor Qamar Zaman Kaira, in Is­lamabad, he said that it was not a new law as it was en­acted in 2018. He said all the political parties, in­cluding PML-N, PPP, PTI, and others, approved this law in 2018. He said Sena­tor Mushtaq Ahmed Khan of Jamat-e-Islami proposed an amendment in the law to pre­vent its misuse.

The law minister said transgen­der persons are also human be­ings and this legislation is meant to protect their rights, including inheritance, education, employ­ment, health, and purchasing a property. He said use of transgen­der persons for begging shall be punishable under the law.

Azam Nazeer Tarar said opin­ion of the Chairman Islamic Ide­ology Council was also sought with regard to Transgender bill. He said it is a wrong interpreta­tion that intersex marriages have been allowed through this bill.

Speaking on the occasion Qa­mar Zaman Kaira said we sup­port Senator Mushtaq’s amend­ments in the bill. He said one should refrain from disgracing a person in the name of criticism.

Answering a question, Qa­mar Zaman Kaira warned PTI Chief Imran Khan that organis­ing peaceful march is a demo­cratic right of the opposition, but no one will be allowed to violate law. He said protestors will not be allowed to enter the Red Zone and strict action will be taken against the violators.

To another question, the Advi­sor said the federal government reserves the right to take legal measures if a provincial govern­ment conspires against it. Reply­ing to a question, he said the gov­ernment is considering regulating social media to stop its misuse.