“It seems like we exist just to bring a little life into the political gatherings of different candidates. We cannot vote, nor can we contest elections, unlike [transgenders] in Punjab and Karachi,” says Farzana, president of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shemale Association.
According to Farzana, more than 300 transgenders applied for CNICs in order to be able to participate in the polls, but not a single one has been issued a card as yet. Farzana herself is still waiting, despite having applied for a CNIC three months ago. Nisha, another member of this community, questioned the logic behind holding back the cards.
“We would also like to bring change in the country, like the rest of the nation, but how can we do it if we cannot vote?” she asks. “We are fed up of visiting the NADRA office [in Hayatabad]. The officials tell us they have other work to do and tell us to come back some other day. I have been visiting the office for the past two months.”