Pakistan Court Bans #ValentinesDay Celebrations

Pakistan Court Bans #ValentinesDay Celebrations

The Islamabad High Court on Monday imposed a ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations in public places and government offices across Pakistan, The Dawn reports.

The Federal Ministry of
Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and
the Islamabad High Commission have been told by Justice Shaukat Aziz,
who was hearing the case, to submit their replies regarding the
immediate execution of the court’s orders.

Print and
electronic media have also been warned to “stop all Valentine’s Day
promotions immediately”, while Pemra has been ordered to monitor all
mediums and send out notifications banning any related promotion.

The orders were given on a petition submitted by citizen
Abdul Waheed, who maintained that promotions on mainstream and social
media for Valentine’s Day are “against Islamic teachings and should be
banned immediately.” 

The petition had further called for
a ban on the celebration of Valentine’s Day in public places, and had
said, “in cover of spread of love in fact, immorality, nudity and
indecency is being promoted which is against our rich culture.”