The Islamabad Supreme Court has ordered that trans people in Pakistan should receive equal rights and protection, and should be supported by the government, reports

This includes financial support being given through Bait-ul-Maal (a worldwide relief and development organisation) and income support programmes.

This follows a petition submitted by Islamic jurist Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki, who took on the case after the recent arrest of several trans people in Taxila, Pakistan.

He said that trans people, especially those from poor families, were often subject to oppression and harassment, and were forced to earn a living through begging and prostitution.

Dr Khaki added that trans people were often thrown out of their homes and noted the difficulty faced by people with conflicting genders information on their identity cards.

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