Siraj-ul- Haq, the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), has said that all religious groups will demonstrate at Lahore’s Shuhada Mosque if the government does not withdraw the Transgender Rights Act seriously.
He further said that the Act is more dangerous than the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Japan in 1945.
The JI leader said that the measures taken in the Act are against the Holy Quran, the Sunnah, and the Pakistani Constitution following a consultative gathering of religious parties in Mansoorah. He described it as being a part of a western agenda and said that all three major parties agreed on the matter.
Siraj claimed that while he was not opposed to transgender people’s rights, he was worried that the contentious act would dismantle the family unit.
A meeting of all religious groups would take place on October 7, according to the JI chief.
He continued by saying that he will discuss the matter with Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sajid Mir, Allama Nasir Abbas, and other religious figures.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act of 2018 has come under intense criticism from some sections of society during the past few weeks with two petitions also having been filed in the Federal Shariah Court against the Act.
The act was enacted in the year 2018 to guarantee transgenders equal rights to Education, basic health facilities , issuance of CNICs and passports and giving them a right to vote and contest elections.