Transgenders take to the streets against drones

Published: July 31, 2012
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Dozens of people held a rally and demonstrated at the Minara road to protest against Nato supply routes being reopened and drone strikes. PHOTO: EXPRESS/NAEEM AHMED GHOURI

Dozens of people held a rally and demonstrated at the Minara road to protest against Nato supply routes being reopened and drone strikes. PHOTO: EXPRESS/NAEEM AHMED GHOURI

SUKKUR: 

Drone strikes have inspired protests by political parties and religious groups, and on Monday the transgender community in Sukkur joined them in their outrage.

Dozens of people held a rally and demonstrated at the Minara road to protest against Nato supply routes being reopened and drone strikes. According to the protestors, drone strikes are counterproductive and result into collateral damage, which is intolerable.

The protestors were led by Sanam Fakir, who heads a welfare trust. The protestors made their way from the clock tower through the main roads of the city to Minara Road.

Sanam Fakir condemned drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Fakir said that thousands of innocent men, women and children have been targeted in the ‘merciless’ drone strikes, but the government was not taking concrete efforts to stop them.

Fakir said that the US claims that it is targeting terrorists by the drones but asked who was responsible for the deaths of innocents. According to Fakir, drone strikes are greater acts of terrorisms. To further elaborate, Fakir asked that if terrorists were to enter a school in the US and take students hostage, the US would not send drones to fire missile on the school but would find the safest way to kill or arrest the terrorists without harming the children.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2012.

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  • Imran Con
    Jul 31, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Sigh. Now I want the drones to stop so I can say “…and we would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling transgenders!” whenever the topic comes up.

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  • The Truth
    Jul 31, 2012 - 1:38AM

    Well if the men can’t do it, at least they can.. A lesson for all of us..

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  • Iron hand
    Jul 31, 2012 - 1:45AM

    Um… nevermind.

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  • Mir Agha
    Jul 31, 2012 - 6:33AM

    Talibs or sane humanitarians?

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jul 31, 2012 - 10:27AM

    They have a 2% quota in protests as well.

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  • Mountie
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Pathetic that you guys find this funny. If anything it shows that even thuogh these people are treated like untouchables in most of Pakistan, they still have a sense of belonging towards their country. Shame on us (not US) that we think that minorities are not human.

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  • The Truth
    Jul 31, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @The Truth Dude you stole my name, I’ve been using the moniker “the truth” for 3 years. Recommend

  • Imran
    Jul 31, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Better than ‘Tsunami’ who were going to protest the opening and do a long march and walk to parliament all that. Where did it go?

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  • Desecration of june 1984
    Aug 1, 2012 - 1:27AM

    @Zalim Singh:
    Right, people should not be labelled in terms of gender or lack thereof but just by their nationality. Proud of your keen observation!

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  • AFGHAN
    Aug 1, 2012 - 2:21AM

    Now, the Americans need to take it seriously. After all, it’s now something about the LGBT rights of their voices being heard.

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