ISLAMABAD    -   Spe­cial Representative to the Prime Minister on Inter­faith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Ta­hir Ashrafi on Monday said transgenders were a part of the society, just like oth­er people, and they should be given full rights. Talking to a delegation of Ulema and Mashaykh, Ashrafi, who is also the chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council, clarified that religious and political parties were not against the transgenders’ rights but they had valid objection on a sub-section of the act which allowed anyone to formally regis­ter his/her gender based on self-perceived iden­tity without any approval. “We welcome the bill and amendments prepared by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) with reference to the Transgender Act,” he said, adding the responsi­bility was on the JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s shoulder as his party was the largest religious and political party in the par­liament. He said the bill was passed four years ago and the government’s pro­posal to form a joint com­mittee for amendments in the bill was a step in the right direction. He said the Constitution did not allow any law contrary to Islamic Shari’ah as the Transgen­der Act had shortcom­ings on the part of all. “We should all admit that ev­eryone remained ignorant about approval of the bill four years back,” he main­tained. Ashrafi said the law minister had proposed to form a joint committee to redress the Transgender Act’s sections opposing the Constitution and Islamic Shari’ah. Expressing con­dolence on the death of prominent religious scholar Al-Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, he said his services to Islam and Muslim Ummah could not be forgotten.