Valentine’s Day banned in Pakistan week after Basant festival

Posted on : 2017-02-14

Pakistani newspaper Dawn has reported that the Islamabad High Court has prohibited Valentine’s Day in the country ‘with immediate effect’.The Islamabad High Court today imposed a ban on celebrating Valentine’s Day, celebrated worldwide on February 14, across Pakistan.

The report also said all print and electronic media have been warned to “stop all Valentine’s Day promotions immediately”.

┬áPakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has also been asked to “monitor” all mediums and send out notifications banning any such promotions.

The Islamabad High Court acted on a petition filed by one Abdul Waheed who claimed Valentine’s Day is “against Islamic preaching and should be banned immediately.”

Last week, Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had banned Basant, a festival celebrated to mark the start of the spring season.

Sharif made it clear that the Punjab government won’t allow such festivals which endanger people’s lives.

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