The National Database and Registration Authority repealed Rule 13-1 for gender transition on Tuesday (NADRA).
The petitions of Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and others opposing the Transgender Act 2018 were heard by a two-member court led by Acting Chief Justice Syed Muhammad Anwar.
The court was informed that Rule 13-1 had been suspended for one month due to the signature of NADRA’s chairman, and that the board’s consent will be sought within a month.
Senator Mushtaq’s attorney stated that the topic of whether someone can choose their own sex must be considered in both a legal and religious context.
The term “transgender,” he said, occurs in the act, but its precise definition is unclear.
The review of the Transgender Persons Act is being driven by politics, not religion.
They also noted that, while the Holy Quran and Sunnah condemn choosing one’s own gender, transgender people have the legal right to do so.
According to the attorney, even international law forbids someone from picking their own gender.
Senator Mushtaq said in court that he had previously submitted an amendment to the Transgender Act and that he has subsequently introduced a new legislation in the Senate, which has been forwarded to the committee for review.
The court requested a copy of the updated bill in response to the arguments.
Nadeem Gaqar and Shahana Abbas of the transgender community also petitioned the court to add the word “khansa” to the law.
They claimed that because their identity cards identified their gender as “X,” they were unable to perform the Hajj in any Arab country.