With a pledge to end debts, transgenders to contest elections from Karachi

Published: March 29, 2013
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Bindiya Rana will be contesting from PS-115 from Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Bindiya Rana will be contesting from PS-115 from Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Once constrained to singing and dancing at gatherings or plying the flesh trade, the transgendered community have stepped up their efforts to be represented in the parliament to fight for their rights.

Bindiya Rana, president of the Gender Interactive Alliance has decided to contest for a seat in the provincial assembly, standing from PS-115 in Karachi.

Bindiya claims that she wants to be an agent of change in traditional politics.

“In the last five years, we have only seen politicians fighting, criticising each other and making false promises. But I promise today, that transgenders from all across Pakistan will participate in the up-coming elections and bring a change,” she said.

Bindiya has obtained nomination papers for the areas of Bahadurabad, Mehmoodabad and Tariq Road. The seat was won by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Raza Haroon in the 2008 elections.

Bindiya claims that if she comes to power, she will relieve the area of all its debts.

“If we win, we will change those areas completely. We will relieve the area of its outstanding debts and the common man’s problems will be taken care of.”

Bindiya would not be the first transgender to contest the upcoming polls. In February, Sanam Fakir- a transgender from Sukkur, had also filed papers to run as an independent from her area.

This would be the first time in Pakistan’s history that transgenders would be contesting elections.

There are approximately 80,000 transgenders in the country at the moment. In November 2011, the Supreme Court had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to enlist them as a part of the voters list and had asked the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to expedite the process of issuing news CNICs so that there would be no hiccups. However, as recent as January 2013, only a handful of the transgender community had been issued CNICs which listed them under the newly created category of third gender.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Stranger
    Mar 29, 2013 - 3:16PM

    I say why not. Go for it.

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  • Chunky Lafanga
    Mar 29, 2013 - 4:34PM

    I think it’s a great idea. Everyone in Pakistan should be represented. I hope she is successful.

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  • Concerned
    Mar 29, 2013 - 4:56PM

    As Pakistani citizens, they have the right to contest the elections.

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  • Syed
    Mar 29, 2013 - 5:06PM

    They deserve equal respect. I’d vote for them over our current politicians.

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  • Muhibullah
    Mar 29, 2013 - 5:26PM

    The Hijras are a syncretist cult that have a long history of kidnapping and castrating little boys, brainwashing them and using them for prostitution. In 1871, hijras were scheduled as a “criminal tribes” by British colonial authorities who required every hijra to be registered in order to prevent kidnapping of male children and their subsequent castration. They had the right idea in this case.

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  • just_someone
    Mar 29, 2013 - 9:16PM

    @Muhibullah:
    \begin{sarcasm}
    Yes, the British had a lot of great ideas like enslaving people around the world, brutally killing them and then boosting how the sun never sets on the British Empire!
    \end{sarcasm}

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  • Qasim
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:59PM

    seriously guys ? all the comments coming from the transgender. God have mercy on us.

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  • Black Widow
    Mar 30, 2013 - 8:07AM

    Their contesting for elections is purely unconstitutional. Try all they want but their nominations papers wont make it past election commission of Pakistan, as they constitutionally fail to qualify on many fronts.

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