Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 9, 2018
Pakistan has banned the promotion of any associations with Valentine’s Day in the media, after the holiday was ruled as “un-Islamic.”
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a warning to television and radio broadcasting stations as a reminder in pursuance of the order passed by the Honorable Islamabad High Court, regarding the stoppage of promotion of Valentine’s Day in the media.
“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,” the advisory reads.
“No event shall be held at the official level or at any public place,” warned Pemra.
Reports assert that the ban was introduced last year, after a petition by a citizen who argued that Valentine’s Day was a cultural import from the West and went “against the teachings of Islam”.
Reminder in pursuance of order passed by Hon’ble Islamabad High Court regarding stoppage of promotion of Valentine’s Day on media. pic.twitter.com/AejorEpWp5
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