LAHORE – A vendor has been arrested in Lahore for selling sex toys in Chauburji Chowk.

According to the FIR received by Daily Pakistan, a man was standing in the parking space of a private bank in the market area with his wares visible to passersby when some citizens noticed and called the police.

Farmanul Haq, 25, a BCom student at a private college, had allegedly been in the business for “a while” and was “earning handsome profits”, far more than he would in “any other business”.

According to reports, the suspect has told the police that his supplier was based in Karachi and that he has no local supply chain in Lahore. Haq also told the police that he also sold batteries and other necessary accessories required for “smooth operation” of the toys.

When asked if there was any tie to Valentine’s Day, the accused said there was not, explaining he was just there to make a delivery to a customer who had placed an order much earlier, ET reported.

The accused was also produced before a judicial magistrate, where the judge sent him to jail on judicial remand.

The complainant also admitted to being part of a network of other vendors in the city, Asif said, adding that investigations are being carried out in this regard and they will catch anyone involved in “this obscene business”.

Police recovered 31 toys, two of which the accused was holding at the time of the arrest, while the rest were in a backpack hanging over his shoulder. The items were in multiple colours and 24 batteries were also recovered from the suspect.

The case has been registered due to violations of sections 292-C and 293 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The punishment for offences under Section 292-C (sale of obscene material) is a jail term of three months, while Section 293 (sale of obscene objects to a young person) carries a prison sentence of up to six months.