Pakistan got its first transgender as a lecturer as Aisha Mughal took the charge at the government-run Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad on Friday. It is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that government has officially appointed a transgender as a teacher. Aisha Mughal has been appointed as the lecturer in the department of gender in the university.
The government is already registering members of the transgender community as citizens under a Supreme Court order. The news was well-received and people took to social media to express their views. “We need more places like this to hire transgenders and make them feel equal,” one wrote on Facebook.
“Good to see some progress in our extremist society,” wrote another. Several incidents of violence against the transgender community were reported this year in Pakistan. In the past year, over 45 transgenders have been killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone.