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Discriminatory treatment: Transvestites allegedly ordered to leave Bannu

in INDIA, 15/05/2013

Transgenders belonging to Bannu on Wednesday accused the district administration of attempting to expel them from the city.

Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, Raees, also known as Sana – a member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa She-males Association – told reporters police officials were asking transgenders to leave the district following a firing incident at a wedding earlier this month. Two nephews of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and a police officer were killed in the incident.

Sana said 13 transgenders were hired to perform at the wedding function, which later turned bloody when a group of gunmen entered the scene and opened fire. Sana maintained the performers had nothing to do with the incident, adding the attack was motivated by a personal dispute and not orchestrated by members of the transgender community.

Sana also said the gunmen entered despite the fact that it was the wedding of a police official’s brother with security details posted at the entrance. One of the attackers reportedly tried to snatch a police officer’s gun. “This led to the firing which resulted in the deaths; we had nothing to do with it,” Sana added.

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