A local news channel, Kohenoor News, on Friday claimed to have employed the first transgender, Maavia Malik, as a news anchor in the country.
Fashion model turned news anchor Maavia for the first time went on air during Pakistan Day news transmission on March 23 on Kohenoor News.
Within no time, the news went viral on social media, with scores of users appreciating the move and congratulating Maaiva. However, there has been no confirmation from the newscaster herself yet.
Earlier this month, the Senate unanimously approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2017, empowering members of the transgender community to determine their own gender identity. If it goes on to become a law, the bill will enable trans people to be recognised as they perceive themselves and register with government offices as transgenders.
In February, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government issued driving licenses to trans people for the first time in history, days after which 40 members of the trans community took oath as members of the scouting community for the first time.
According to 2017 provisional census results, the transgender community in Pakistan numbers 10,418. The Supreme Court has designated transgender people as a third gender, which under law should afford them protection, but in practice, incidents of violence and discrimination against members of the community are still widespread.