Pakistani Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the boycott of Valentine’s day celebration in the country.
According to he Pakistani president, Mamnoon Hussain, Valentine’s celebration is alien to their culture and religion.
“Valentine’s Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided,”
According to him, private TV channels has been banned from airing special content in relation to Valentine’s Day. Likewise media houses in the country have also been warned to stop all Valentine’s Day promotions.
To ensure that the ban is carried out to the latter, the court order has instructed the Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), and chief commissioner Islamabad to see to it.
The ban which was announced on Monday was supposed to be obeyed with “immediate effect”.
Each year it is reported that the Muslim country carry out anti-Valentine campaigns to keep people from sharing in the “western” celebration.
For this year a petition was presented by Abdul Waheed to the IHC. Despite the mixed feelings of the Pakistani people about the celebration, the court saw reasons with him and ordered that Valentine’s day celebration is not welcome in their country.
However Pakistanis in big cities and shop owners see the good of the celebration. Some businesses do promos and give bonuses for the celebration.
Valentine’s is a Christian celebration done in honor of St Valentine, a 3rd century Roman saint who was known for upholding courtly love.
To do that he endured a great deal of torture to promote modest romantic relationships. He secretly married people at a time when a Roman Emperor banned marriage, saying it made his soldiers weak.
Valentine was beaten, stoned, and finally, decapitated.
In recent times, the celebration has been commercialized and maybe misconstrued. However it is still a day to show love and care to all.
In defense of their cultural and religious ideals, Pakistani government stand on their ban.
Abdul Waheed, petitioner of the ban maintains that Valentine’s promotions on mainstream and social media are “against Islamic teachings and should be banned immediately.”
He believes that “in cover of spread of love in fact, immorality, nudity and indecency is being promoted which is against our rich culture.”
While there has always been a controversial approach to Valentine’s day celebration over the years, this will be the first time that a high court banned its celebrations.
President Mamnoon Hussain urged the people to maintain Pakistan’s religious and national identity.