Valentine's Day gets no love from Pakistan's government

Camille RiveraFeb 16 , 2017

The freaky order was given by Pakistan's High Court in Islamabad, the country's capital. A judge recently banned the celebrations related to the holiday in Islamabad, the Associated Press reported Monday.

In response to the Valentine's Day ban, Islamabad's court has ordered Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to monitor social media platforms and report any information.

"The petition had further called for a ban on the celebration of Valentine's Day in public places, stating that under the 'cover of spread of love in fact, immorality, nudity and indecency is being promoted which is against our rich culture, '" explains Dawn.

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Citizens in Pakistan respond to the holiday in various ways every year. While the holiday is not banned, many choose to not celebrate the holiday because of its promotion of western tradition.

"Valentine's Day has become a major event in Iran over the past decade; it is basically a day for lovers".

Waheed said had asked the court to issue orders against the promotion of Valentine's Day because he believed print and electronic media had been presenting the day as if it was part of local culture.

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The celebrations of Valentine's Day was also banned in the city of Peshawar previous year in Pakistan.

Flower salesman Mohammad Naveed said he invested nearly $2,000 on supplies for Valentine's Day arrangements.

Though some Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia also have sought to stamp out Valentine's Day, with the religious police mobilizing ahead of February 14 and descending on gift and flower shops to confiscate all red items, including flowers, it is still celebrated widely in other places such as Dubai.

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There will no longer be any celebration of Valentine's Day in one of the most populated Muslim countries in the world.


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