Pakistan: Religious groups seek amendment to sex change law
26 November 2021 | 10:32 am
Religious parties argue the gender change law is promoting homosexuality, dubbing it "un-Islamic." A bill in the Muslim-majority country's Senate seeks to make the sex change procedure more difficult for citizens.
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