Islamabad High Court ruled the Valentine’s Day as “un-Islamic”. In simple words, Pakistan has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations across the country. Moreover, Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) imposed guidelines to its TV and radio licenses to remind them of the ban.
PEMRA issued a statement: “Respondents are directed to ensure that nothing about the celebrations of Valentine’s Day and its promotion is spread on the Electronic and Print media. No event shall be held on an official level and at any public place.”
“PEMRA is directed to ensure that all the TV channels shall stop the promotion of Valentine’s Day forthwith.”
“According to the court of Pakistan, Valentine’s Day was spreading “immorality, nudity and indecency” in the society.”
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain had further warned citizens, not to celebrate Valentine’s Day as it was “not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.”
Some Twitter users expressed their anger against the ban while some supported it:
If the Christians have a festival and the Jews have a festival, which belongs exclusively to them, then no Muslim should join in with them, just as he does not share their religion or their direction of prayer.#ValentinesAndIslam pic.twitter.com/Z3Bf8NLNWV
— Ayesha Abrish?? (@Ayesha_Abrish) February 13, 2018
— Amîna Shafîque (@AmnaShafque1) February 13, 2018
I reject all the arguments about Valentine.
Because in Islam this is nothing more than a simple day… #ValentinesAndIslam
— M.Maaz ?? (@M_MaazQureshi) February 13, 2018