Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan Has Banned Valentine's Day

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan Has Banned Valentine's Day

Saudi Arabia: Religious police and conservative Muslim officials imposed a strict ban on Valentine's Day in the country.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) also ordered local media not to publicize anything related to the day, petitioner Abdul Waheed told dpa.

The Islamabad High Court directed the Information Ministry, the federal government, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman and the Chief Commissioner to submit a reply within 10 days.

The court declared that love was being used as a "cover" to spread "immorality, nudity and indecency. which is against our rich traditions and values". In Malaysia, where Muslims make up more than half of the population, Islamic morality police have raided hotels and parks on February 14, looking for couples whom they consider to be too immodest.

In major cities, various restaurants, delivery services and bakeries come up with Valentine's Day promotions.

Meanwhile, some citizens organize public protests of it like "Haya Day", which is held on college campuses, and other "Say no to Valentine's Day" campaigns in Pakistan, reports Dawn.

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.

The celebrations were banned a year ago in Kohat, a city in the northwestern part of the country.

"Valentine's Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided", the Pakistani president said, adding that the downsides of Western culture had "adversely affected one of our neighboring countries".

Valentine's Day events and observances were said to conflict with Islamic teachings.

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