March 24, 2018
ISLAMABAD – Kohenoor News Television is said to have hired a transgender as a news presenter – a first in Pakistan’s vibrant media.
Marvia Malik first went on air on Pakistan Day on Friday.
Kohenoor announced on its Facebook page that Pakistan’s first transgender had assumed responsibilities at the channel.
Marvia had launched her career in the entertainment industry as a model recently and walked the ramp at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week.
There was excitement on Twitter. Writer and columnist Bina Shah tweeted: “Meanwhile in Pakistan.... our first transgender newscaster Maavia Malik appears on a Pakistani news channel.”
Kapil Dev, an activist, tweeted: “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! More power to marginalized segments!”
Laiba Rehman said: “Kudos to Pakistani fashion industry and media industry for becoming more inclusive and diverse! That's really great! #MaaviaMalik.”
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