In an interview to BBC Urdu, Marvia said that she hopes to do something for the transgender community in Pakistan. "Our community should give equal rights to men, women and the third gender," she said.
Speaking to VOA News, Kohenoor TV's owner Junaid Ansari said that Marvia was selected on the basis of merit and not gender.
"We had asked aspiring news presenters to come for the auditions. I got a call from one of my team members who said that one of the applicants was a transgender," he said, adding he decided to hire Marvia despite some reservations expressed by his team. "I purely made the decision on the basis of treating all humans equally. The thought of challenging the social norms or breaking taboos did not even come to my mind," he said.
Kohenoor News shared a picture of Marvia on Facebook which has received almost 5,000 'likes' in just two days.
Social media users hailed Marvia's appointment as a step in the right direction:
1st ever transgender newscaster takes on airwaves in Pakistan. Maavia Malik created history for becoming successful model and now broadcast journalist, paving way for about 500K transgender to chose honorable professions in the country of 200 million @KhyberNews247pic.twitter.com/D9rgOAXAmI- Mubarak Ali (@mubarak74) March 24, 2018
Pakistan's first transgender newscaster Maavia Malik has already walked the ramp for the PFDC Sunsilk fashion week that just passed pic.twitter.com/2Ue2mernx4- Tabeen (@Tabeen6) March 24, 2018
Earlier this month, Pakistan's Senate unanimously approved a bill for the protection of rights of transgender persons, empowering them to determine their own gender identity.
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