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Pakistan government which is well known for being against the LGBTQ community has recently sent a citizen to a mental hospital in their country for trying to establish a gay club in Pakistan which is against their laws.

The man whose identity has not been released, explained that he filed an application with the deputy commissioner of Abbottabad to establish a gay club.

Which he tentatively called Lorenzo Gay Club. Further, while being dragged to the mental hospital he kept shouting that he was setting up the club to struggle for the rights of the most neglected community in Pakistan.

Authorities that arrested him say he is being detained at the mental facility because they don't understand how someone would think of setting up such a club in Pakistan.

"Whoever voluntarily has carnal intervourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprison for life, or with imprisonment of either description for aterm which shall not be less than two years nor more than ten years and shall also be liable to a fine," Pakistan law on gayism reads.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Pakistan face legal and social difficulties compared to non-LGBTQ persons. Pakistan laws prescribes criminal penalties for same-sex sexual acts.

The Pakistan Penal Code of 1860, originally developed under the British Raj, criminalizes sodomy with possible penalties of prison sentences from two years to a life sentence and fines.

Despite its illegality, homosexuals acts are occasionally prosecuted by authorities, but it's sometimes used to threaten and harass homosexuals under threat of prosecution.

Other morality and public order provisions in the penal code are used to target LGBT Pakistanis as well.

Another greater problem can be vigilate policing and killings by Islamist and terrorists groups. Police may also act legally and arrest LGBTQ individuals despite the law stating otherwise.