JUI-F moves Shariat Court against transgender persons act

Saturday, Oct 01, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) moved the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) on Friday against the Transgender Persons Act claiming the law was in contradiction with Islamic principles.

Filing a petition in FSC challenging the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill 2022, the JUI-F stated the law should be declared against Shariat while maintaining that no law could be passed in the country that contradicts with Holy Quran and Sunnah.

The FSC will take up the petition on October 3.

In a statement, the JUI-F spokesman said the party would continue its struggle against this act on every platform.

Earlier, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) had filed a petition in the FSC against the transgender persons rights bill claiming it was in contradiction with the Islamic principles of heredity. The JI leader had argued the bill would cause complications in Islamic heredity rules.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has already deemed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill 2022 un-Islamic and not in line with the Sharia.

In a statement, the top religious body said many sections of the transgender act were not in conformity with Islamic teachings and could add to social problems in the country.

The CII asked the federal government to form a committee comprising legal experts and religious scholars to review the transgender act.