In a move that is being lauded widely on social media, a news channel in Pakistan has cast a transgender person as their news anchor. Videos of Maavia Malik reading out the news have been doing the rounds on social media and many have appreciated the move, especially if posts on Twitter are to go by. According to a report by The Express Tribune, private TV channel Kohenoor News cast Malik as a news anchor, in what is being hailed as a historic first for the nation.
With this, India’s neighbouring nation joins a league of countries that have been moving towards acknowledging the third gender and giving them prominent representation in the society. Padmini Prakash was the first Indian to host a news show on Lotus TV, Apsara Reddy worked with the BBC and Britain’s Paris Lees worked with the Channel 4 news.
Meanwhile, check out how many on social media welcomed the move.
#Pakistan first transgender news caster on screen now – Maavia Malik
Great move.we must give and provide equal opportunities for them rather they will bagging dancing of the road.They deserve education and to be respected as well. pic.twitter.com/p0RoJT3zNp
— Hamid (@MHamid91) March 25, 2018
This is something great.
Pakistan’s first transgender newscaster Maavia Malik. pic.twitter.com/lmBEtK21IX
— Faheem Alvi. (@faheemalvi4515) March 25, 2018
— Trans Hijabi (@TransHijabi) March 25, 2018
Maavia Malik has become the first transgender news anchor, in Pakistan 🇵🇰
This article also has some details about other good news: legal protections for trans peeps recently enacted in Pakistan.
— Beyond Binaries Aotearoa (@BeyondBinariesA) March 25, 2018
First time in Pakistan television history, a transgender named Maavia Malik has been given the opportunity to become a news anchor. Brilliant innitiative! pic.twitter.com/7B028g29aY
— SamarTahir-PTI (@Tahir3Samar) March 24, 2018
PAKISTAN IS CHANGING
Pakistan is meant for peace, empowerment, love and prosperity.
Maavia Malik is first transgender news anchor.Kohinoor tv claimed to hire first ever http://t.co/qjLtWoPuci HOPE, congratulate Maavia for her efforts.This step can help erase stereotype thoughts pic.twitter.com/ABN6zy7kSU
— Hope Pak (@HopePakOfficial) March 24, 2018
While Trump bans most transgender from serving in military, a Pakistani news channel, Kohinoor TV, has launched Maavia Malik Queen as the first ever #trangender news anchor in Pakistan!
— Kapil Dev (@kdsindhi) March 24, 2018
— Osamazia. (@Osamazia40Zia) March 25, 2018
We are gonna witness something that never happend before as the first transgender newscaster will b on the screen in pakistan. Well good luck to you maavia malik. pic.twitter.com/p6kCP1OLVk
— shani (@Shani1313) March 24, 2018
This year, in another first, transgender persons will be part of more than 150 boy scouts from Pakistan to serve as volunteers during the Hajj pilgrimage.