Monday, February 13, 2017

Pakistani Court Issues Nationwide Ban On Valentines Day

10:04:00 PM

The Islamabad High Court in Pakistans capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentines Day across the country ‘with immediate effect.

The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentines Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be celebrated in any public space or government building.

The court has requested Pakistans Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to monitor these platforms and share any information that shows that the ban has been compromised.

The courts order came after a petition was submitted by a citizen called Abdul Waheed â€" who claimed that ongoing promotions of Valentines Day were against the teachings of Islam and should be banned immediately.In Pakistan, Valentines Day is seen by some as amoral and an appropriation of Western culture.

Resistance against it is not completely unusual. Religious groups like the Islamic political party jamat e Islami have often protested against marking Valentines Day in the country and hold rallies annually against the celebration on February 14.

In 2016, the local government in the city of Peshawar in the countrys northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhua also banned celebrations.

The countrys president Mamnoon Hussain, made a statement in February 2016, asking Pakistans not to celebrate the day since it was not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.

The Islamabad High Courts decision has also divided social media users, with some tweeting for the ban and others vehemently against it.

A chance to promote business
Though Valentines day tends not to be celebrated widely across the country, in recent years, various companies have used the event to promote their products. We spend four to five days making these, Ive got forty of them ready to be sold for tomorrow, Sultan Zaib, told CNN.

Mohammad Naveed, who runs a roadside flower shop, told CNN that he had invested close to the equivalent of $2000 on buying blooms for Valentines Day.
Florists source flowers from abroad and from the nearby fields of Punjab. Usually they earn about $80 for a days sales, but the amount increases tenfold on Valentine‘s day.

If they ban us from selling these tomorrow then it will be a disaster, we simply cannot afford this, said Naveed.

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