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Pakistan Bans Valentine’s Day

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A Pakistani court imposed a nationwide ban on celebrating and promoting Valentine’s Day at official level and in public places, state-run APP news agency reported.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court also directed the government to ensure that no such celebrations would be held in public places on Feb. 14.

“Nothing about the celebration of Valentine’s Day and its promotion must be spread on electronic and print media. No event shall be held at official level and in any public place,” the court directed.

The bench directed that “all TV channels stop the promotion of Valentine Day, forthwith.”

The court was responding to a petition filed by a Muslim called Abdul Waheed who said St. Valentine’s Day celebrations promoted immorality, nudity and indecency, which were against Muslim traditions and values.

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