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Prime Minister Imran Khan says the Sehat Insaf Card will provide health insurance for members of Pakistan's transgender community to ensure the rights and protection of the most vulnerable segments of society. Addressing a ceremony to launch the Sehat Insaf Card, a subsidiary the government's Sehat Sahulat program, Imran Khan claimed this was the first time in Pakistan's history that an incumbent regime had taken accountability of the transgender community, with an aim toward giving them a "a sense of ownership" over their status as Pakistanis. Pakistan was organized on the basis of justice, humanity and humane feelings for the downtrodden.

As he does in every major address, Khan criticized previous governments for not protecting the rights of transgenders. He claimed, wrongly, that past regimes had not even accepted the existence of the transgender community. Premier also said the government of Pakistan would offer health insurance to all segments of society, adding the government would strive to remove pessimistic perceptions about the transgender community across Pakistan. Khan said the initiative would be available to all individuals registered with NADRA from the Islamabad Capital Territory, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and all four provinces.

The prime minister said the Sehat Insaf Card would open up the options obtainable to the impoverished, noting that families could now confidently avail treatment facilities at various health facilities in Pakistan. Imran Khan also appreciated Special Assistant to the P.M. on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza for proposing extending the health insurance facility to the transgender community, saying they had been facing myriad social problems. Mirza, during his address at the ceremony, said 6.8 million families had been provided the Sehat Insaf cards already, adding the government of Pakistan wanted to enlarge this safety net to 15 million deserving families by the end of the year 2020.

He said the Sehat Sahulat program had been introduced...

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