#GoodNews: First Transgender Gets Driving Licence in Pakistan
Laila Ali receives her license from the Islamabad Traffic Police.
Laila Ali receives her license from the Islamabad Traffic Police.(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ITP)

#GoodNews: First Transgender Gets Driving Licence in Pakistan

Pakistani traffic authorities have for the first time in the country's history, issued a driving licence to a transgender person, a media report said on Tuesday, 27 November.

The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on Monday issued Laila Ali her license on the special directives of Islamabad's police chief, who said that she had been driving without a licence for a decade, Dawn news reported.

Laila Khan during the procedure of obtaining her driving license.
Laila Khan during the procedure of obtaining her driving license.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ITP)

Ali told Dawn that she spoke to the police chief and informed him of the issues and problems faced by the transgender community in Islamabad, including victimisation by the police.

She said that during discussions, the police chief assured her that problems faced by the transgender community will be addressed and offered to issue her a driving licence from ITP.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ITP)
An estimated 500,000 transgenders are presently in Pakistan.  

In May, Pakistan Parliament passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, which established broad protections for transgender people.

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