This mysteriousness that shrouds their existence has born of the fact that the hijra communities live a very secretive life.
In 2004, it was reported that Lahore alone has 10,000 active transvestites.
It does contain certain provisions that may impact the constitutional rights of LGBT Pakistani citizens.
In 2008, an incident that caught the eyes of passers-by was a group of cross-dressed men dancing to Bollywood tunes on a rooftop on the day of Basant.
In 2003, however, three Pakistani men were arrested in the city of Lahore when one of their relatives turned them in for engaging in same-sex sexual acts at a private party. In 2005, a man named Liaquat Ali, 42, from Khyber region bordering Afghanistan married a fellow tribesman Markeen, 16, with the usual pomp and show associated with tribal weddings.
Within the PPC, "Unnatural Offences" Article 377 states: "Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment [...] for a term which shall not be less than two years nor more than ten years, and shall also be liable to fine".
Disapproval of LGBT lifestyle also stems from religious and patriarchal beliefs.
Their presence in society is usually tolerated and are considered blessed in the Pakistani culture.
Most hijras are deemed to have been direct cultural descendants of the court eunuchs of the Mughal era.One such court case, decided in 2008, displayed the same disapproving attitude towards a lesbian relationship as it would have towards two men involved.In most South Asian nations, a concept of third gender prevails where members of the same are referred to as neither man or a woman.While sex between homosexual partners is extremely accessible with it being a social norm to walk holding hands, walk with having arms around the waist, kissing on the face, and to cuddle with the same gender; social stigma, disapproval, and discrimination of homosexuality makes it difficult for the LGBT community to have steady relationships.Pakistan does not have civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation.In 2005, Ali Saleem, 28 and the son of an army colonel, appeared on Geo TV's Hum Sub Umeed Se Hain as cross-dressed Benazir Bhutto.