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Valentine's Day Was Just Banned In Pakistan
15 February 2017, 12:50 | Jamie Ballard
Valentine's Day celebrations banned in Pakistan capital by Islamabad High Court
Petitioner Waheed said filed his complaint after saw media presenting the holiday like it was a Pakistani tradition.
In major cities, various restaurants, delivery services and bakeries come up with Valentine's Day promotions. Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain had called on the Islamic republic to avoid any celebration of Valentine's Day, arguing that its sentiment had no connection with Islamic culture.
Hue and cry for celebrating Valentine's Day by particular religious zealots or radical political parties is very common in our country.
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The court has requested Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) monitor social media platforms and share any information that shows that the ban has been compromised.
The Middle Eastern country's main religion is Islam, and the practices behind the faith differ greatly from the teachings behind Valentine's Day.
"Every year that February 14 is celebrated, it is done so as the Day of Shame", Abdul Muqeet, president of Punjab University's Jamiat-e-Talaba, the student-wing of conservative Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, told USA TODAY a few years ago. The Peshawar city government banned celebrations of it a year ago. It directed police officials to ensure that the orders are enforced.
Those who do not enjoy Valentine's Day should not have to celebrate it, no one should have to do something they don't want to do.
"This protest was organized as we have seen on television that Valentine's Day tends to be associated with free sex", said organizer Pandu Satria.
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