Syed Yawar Abbas Bukhari, Provincial Minister for Baitul Maal and Social Welfare, announced the establishment of Pakistan’s first ‘Transgender Rehabilitation Centre’ in Lahore, stating the facility is being built to mainstream this marginalized sector of society.
Syed Yawar stated this while speaking at a ceremony hosted by the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI). He went on to say that the transgender community will be active in constructive activities and that the government would address their legitimate complaints.
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According to the provincial minister, “the proposed facility would offer them with social, moral, economic, financial, and psychiatric assistance.”
Philanthropists, businesspeople, NGOs, and social welfare campaigners all attended the event.
The minister also stated that because the government cannot pay the expenditures of this social welfare department due to its broad reach, “NGOs and philanthropists must play their role to alleviate the miseries of the vulnerable and marginalized portions.”
Yawar Abbas praised Faisalabad’s business community for its track record of executing large-scale social initiatives. “They take a proactive part in national calamities,” he said, adding that they have always been in the forefront of creative humanitarian efforts in this sector.
Concerning the role of industrialists in providing facilities for jail inmates, the minister stated that they arrange millions of dollars to pay the fines for the release of prisoners who have completed their sentences, and that in recognition of their humanitarian services, he intended that “they should also cooperate with the Social Welfare Department.”