For the first time in the country’s history, the Lahore High Court has allowed a 32-yeard-old person to change his gender from male to female through an operation.

Sami Salim, a resident of Rawalpindi, had filed an application in the LHC through his lawyer Muhammad Shams for change of sex.

In his application, he requested the court to grant him permission for gender change through surgery.

It said the applicant had been suffering from Gender Identity Disorder and his treatment was only possible through surgery.

The lawyer told the court that experts were available for this kind of operation. But they were not ready to perform the surgery due to legal and social complications.

The court asked for reports from Federal Health Secretary and Health Department of Punjab. After listening to the point of views of the officials, the court allowed the applicant to undergo surgery for his gender change.