A ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations has been imposed across Pakistan – a day before the holiday, the Islamabad High Court ruled on Monday, 13th Feb, 2017.
Festivities associated with the romantic holiday have been banned in public places and at an official level. Electronic and print media have been told to not cover the big day celebrating love or give it promotion.
The order came during a hearing for a petition arguing that the day is not part of Muslim traditions, according to The Express Tribune.
The IHC passed on its ruling to the ministry, federal government, Pemra chairman and chief commissioner. They have to submit a response to the order within ten days.
Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain urged Pakistanis not to observe Valentine’s Day. At the time, Muslim clerics wanted to ban the holiday, but officials in the capital said they could not do so. The president criticised the day as a Western import that threatens to undermine the Islamic values of Pakistan.