Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Siraj ul Haq claimed on Saturday that the government will have to face serious opposition from religious parties if it does not display seriousness towards the Transgender Rights Act, as per The Express Tribune.
Rejecting the provisions of the transgender rights bill, the Chief said that three major parties were on the same page on the matter. He also gave a deadline of October 7 to the federal government to withdraw the bill. In case the government fails to show seriousness, Siraj said all religious parties will protest at Shuhada Mosque in Lahore along with a large crowd.
After a meeting of religious parties was held in Mansoorah to discuss the Act, the JI chief claimed that the bill opposes the Holy Quran and Sunnah and goes against the Constitution of Pakistan. Terming it part of a western agenda, he went on as far as to say that the transgender rights bill is more dangerous than the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Japan in 1945.
He added that he will contact Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sajid Mir, Allama Nasir Abbas and other religious leaders on the issue. Siraj added that he was not against the rights of transgender persons. However he said he was concerned that the controversial bill would destroy the family system.