Pakistan just banned public Valentine's Day celebrations

Alicia WestFeb 15, 2017

Meanwhile in Indonesia, Muslim students staged a protest Monday against Valentine's Day, condemning what they described as a Western celebration that encourages casual sex, The Daily Mail reported.

This ban was as a result of the petition written by one Abdul Waheed who claimed that the celebration is against the teachings of Islam.

President Mamnoon Hussain urged Pakistanis not to observe Valentine's Day, which he criticised as a Western import that threatened to undermine Islamic values. The order came in response to petition filed by a person seeking a ban on Valentine's day because it apparently did not have anything similar to Pakistani culture. The order also directs the media not to promote or cover Valentine's events.

Less than 24 hours ahead of Valentine's Day, the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan issued an order banning celebration of the holiday effective immediately.

The order states the holiday can not be celebrated in "any public space or government building", prohibits the display of ads on electronic and print media that reference the holiday, and bans the sale of associated merchandise. A similar order was in place a year ago in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, authorities in Malaysia and Singapore warned lonely hearts looking for romance to beware of online love scams. Police were informed of the banned and ordered to enforce it throughout the capital.

"Valentine's Day is a awful day for all the single people out there", said Haque, 23, a communications student in Lahore.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday restrained the advertisement in print and electronic media regarding the promotion of Valentine's Day. In recent years, ultraconservative groups have set fire to shops selling Valentine's Day cards and attacked florists who delivered flower arrangements on the holiday.

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