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In a first of its kind, Pakistan’s first transgender newscaster appears on TV

Breaking the gender barrier in the industry and setting the benchmarks in the world to follow, a Pakistani local broadcaster has hired a transgender newscaster for the first time in Pakistan’s history, said a senior journalist on Twitter on Sunday.

The journalist posted a picture of Maavia Mailk wrote “Pakistan’s first newscaster on screen now-Maavia Malik.”

Shiraz Hassan, who is associated with BBC, didn’t give further details.

Pakistan’s Senate, the upper house of country’s parliament, recently approved a bill that paved the way to protect the rights of protection of transgender, empowering them to determine their own gender identity.

The report of a transgender person appearing on TV as a newscaster also received a positive response on Twitter, with a senior blogger and a female TV anchor expressing best wishes for her.

Country’s transgender population, according to the census carried out last year, stands at 10,418 — 0.005 percent of the total population of over 207 million.

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