No Love: Pakistan Court Deems Valentine's Day as 'Un-Islamic,' Bans it Across Country
Valentine’s Day has effectively been banned in Pakistan after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruled on Monday to prohibit marking the occasion in public spaces and government offices across the country, effective immediately, regional media reported.
The court ruling came as the result of a petition started by concerned citizen Abdul Waheed, who complained that promoting the holiday in the media and across social networks is “against Islamic teachings and should be banned immediately.”
All print and online media outlets have been ordered to “stop all Valentine's Day promotions,” and celebrating the occasion in public too has been banned.
Justice Shaukat Aziz, who made the ruling, directed the Federal Ministry of Information, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and the Islamabad High Commission to start implementing the court’s decision.