Valentine’s Day is the latest one to get clean bowled in Pakistan!
Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on 13th February 2017 sent directions prohibiting the celebration of the day of love in public spaces and in government offices across the country.
The directions notify that this must be done ‘with immediate effect,’ perhaps, as it is merely a few hours from 14th February on which the day of love is celebarted each year.
The newspaper says that Pakistan’s Federal Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and the Islamabad High Commission were told by Justice Shaukat Aziz, who was hearing the case, to submit their replies regarding the immediate execution of the court’s orders.
As per the report, PEMRA, media regulator of Pakistan has been told to monitor every medium to ensure that Valentine’s Day promotions are stopped with immediate effect.
A Pakistani citizen named Abdul Waheed won the admiration of the society after he filed a petition saying that the the Valentine’s Day promotion are “against Islamic teachings and should be banned immediately”. The petition states that, “in cover of spread of love, in fact, immorality, nudity, and indecency is being promoted which is against our rich culture.”
Why Valentine’s Day and not Haya Day?
The Haya Day is the celebration of modesty which has become popular in some circles in Pakistan.
Haya Day is a concept where every year Islamic principles are told to young men and women in Pakistan. Valentine’s Day is celebrated although not openly because it promotes Western culture.
Last year, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain told Pakistanis to not celebrate the Valentine’s Day as it is no way part of the Muslim culture or tradition.
Pakistan is an Islamic country with majority population being deeply religious.
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