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Pakistan wants nothing to do with Valentine's Day

15 February 2017

A court in Pakistan has banned public celebrations of Valentine's Day in the capital, Islamabad, on the grounds that it is not part of Muslim culture.

The Ministry of Information and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PERMA) and the city government of Islamabad will be responsible for making sure the ban is implemented, the court said. In previous years, Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamic political organization and social conservative movement in Pakistan, has been known to hold rallies against Valentine's Day - last year the group publically burned Valentine's Day cards. The order came in response to petition filed by a person seeking a ban on Valentine's day because it apparently did not have anything similar to Pakistani culture.

"The Valentine Day has no place in our tradition and values", the city's resolution read past year, when officials branded it as "vulgar and indecent".

According to CNN, the order bans Valentine's Day-related advertisements in digital and print media and the sale of merchandise.

Love may be in the air, but not in one Middle East country.

And to all the love birds in Pakistan who are upset about the ban, you don't really need Valentine's Day to express your love.

The petitions called for ban on the grounds that the widely celebrated event encourages nudity, indecency, immorality among others.

If you're thinking about making a study of how couples celebrate this day, the Muslim world and the milieus of the radical Left are not the places you should be spending your time.

Later on Monday, the government issued an order to local police to enforce the court ban. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain urged his nation's citizens to skip the holiday past year because it's part of Western tradition and not Islamic tradition. He also said that he had spent about $2,000 buying stock for Valentine's Day, and he can't afford to be kept from selling all the flowers he bought.

Pakistan wants nothing to do with Valentine's Day