Valentine: A Pakistani court has issued a ruling against observing Valentine’s Day in public places across the country.
A Pakistani court has issued a ruling against observing Valentine’s Day in public places across the country.
The Islamabad High Court also ordered local media not to publicise anything related to the day, petitioner Abdul Waheed told DPA.
Majid Bhatti, a lawyer at the IHC, confirmed that the court order covered the entire country.
Valentine’s Day draws mixed responses from people every year with many voicing objections, citing religious teachings.
Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain had urged people not to observe Valentine’s Day because it was not a Muslim, but a Western tradition.
“Valentine’s Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided,” the president had said.
Mr Waheed said had asked the court to issue orders against the promotion of Valentine’s Day because he believed print and electronic media had been presenting the day as if it was part of local culture.
Private TV channels will be banned from airing special content in relation to Valentine’s Day.
Iranian news outlets reported the police directive Friday warning retailers against promoting “decadent Western culture through Valentine’s Day rituals.” Police informed Tehran’s coffee and ice cream shops trade union to avoid any gatherings in which boys and girls exchange Valentine’s Day gifts.
The backlash in the Islamic Republic is part of a drive against the spread of Western culture. Last November, authorities shuttered Tehran’s only operating KFC — a take on Kentucky Fried Chicken. A sign posted on its door read it was “closed until further notice.”