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Man detained in Abbottabad for trying to set up Pakistan’s first gay club

An application was submitted to the official, seeking a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the establishment of a gay club in Abbottabad.

Man is reported to have been detained in Abbottabad for trying to set up Pakistan’s first gay club.

As reported the man was sent to a mental hospital by local authorities after he attempted to establish the country’s first gay club in the city of Abbottabad. 

His plans came to light after he filled an application to the local deputy commissioner to open the club, describing it as a valuable resource and convenience for homosexual, bisexual, and even some heterosexual individuals residing in Abbottabad and other parts of Pakistan.

The application seeking permission to set up a gay club stated that a prominent notice would be displayed, warning that no sexual activity would be permitted on the premises.

The application reportedly submitted by Preetum Giani seeks to set up the “Lorenzo Gay Club” in Abbottabad.

This was intended to ensure that no laws, even outdated ones like Section 377 of Pakistan’s Penal Code which criminalizes same-sex relations, would be violated within the club, it added. 

The deputy commissioner’s office in Abbottabad confirmed receiving the said application to the Telegraph newspaper.

It is pertinent to mention here that Gay sex is illegal in Pakistan and can be punished by two years up to life in prison.

The deputy commissioner’s office said to review it like any other business proposal, without any special consideration or prejudice.

The controversial application for the gay club was leaked on social media, prompting a strong backlash and outrage from residents and politicians in the conservative northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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