MULTAN: Members of the All Pakistan She-males Association joined civil society activists on Wednesday to protest against the ongoing military offensive in Gaza.
The participants marched from Kutchery Square to Bosan Road. The protest was led by Tariq Naeemullah, the Civil Society Network South Punjab president.
Civil society members dressed in Pakistani and Turkish colours, while the transgenders were draped in flags of various Arab countries. The protesters criticised the role of several Islamic countries in Gaza conflict. They said the Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, were silent on the daily killings of Palestinians. The demonstration continued for more than two hours.
Almas Bobby, the All Pakistan She-males Association chairperson, said the rulers of Muslim countries had done nothing to stop Israel. Kiran, another transgender, said Arab countries were afraid to criticise Israel for fear of offending the US. “They should pressure Israel to stop it from killing innocent civilians,” Kiran said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2014.