Nadra told to help transgender community members get CNICs

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday directed the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to ensure that all members of the transgender community are issued Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) through a one-window facility, possibly within a week from the day of application.

A two-judge bench, headed by the chief justice, was hearing a suo motu case at the Lahore registry over complaints that the transgender community was not being issued CNICs. Several members of the transgender community also attended the proceedings.

During the hearing, the bench formed a committee comprising Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani, Health Secretary Najam Shah, Akhuwat Foundation chairman Dr Amjad Saqib, Advocate Humayon Saleem and an officer of Nadra to provide recommendations on the matter.

Later, the chief secretary told the bench that committees had been established at district and tehsil levels to facilitate the transgender community in obtaining free CNICs. He said Nadra had the facilities required to issue identity cards to members of transgender community within seven days.

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