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Pakistan Claims Valentine's Day Promotes Nudity and Indecency. So they Banned it

Pakistan Claims Valentine's Day Promotes Nudity and Indecency. So they Banned it

The Islamabad High Court has banned the celebration of Valentine in all public places including government offices in Pakistan.

According to the court order, Valentines Day-related festivities have been banned in public places as well as on an official level.

"Valentine's Day has no connection with our culture", Hussain had said past year adding that young people in the country should "always maintain their religious and national identity".

But some in the country have begun using it to advertise its products, leading conservatives to label Valentine's Day as a Western interloper that is not compatible with traditional Pakistani values.

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Some in Pakistan have already met the new ban with criticism, protesting the ban of a day they say recognizes and celebrates love. Nevertheless, many across the country continued to celebrate, with vendors selling heart-shaped balloons, flowers, and chocolates, restaurants offering "two for one" specials, and companies using the holiday in advertisements.

The court has requested Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to monitor these platforms and share any information that shows that the ban has been compromised.

Although the festival of love has elicited criticism from zealots of religious parties previously, it is for the first time that a high court imposed a ban on its celebrations. Police were informed of the banned and ordered to enforce it throughout the capital. That in the past a number of programmes was telecast on different media channels with regard to so-called (Valentine's Day) on February 14 every year. Valentine's Day events and observances were said to conflict with Islamic teachings.

Flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals and assortments of objects all in red and pink are hard to avoid in the USA on Valentine's Day. Even private television channels planning Valentine's Day programming are subject to the ban.


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