Pakistan bans Valentine's Day celebrations

A Pakistani court has officially banned Valentine's Day because it isn't a part of Islamic tradition.

It further called for a ban on celebration of this day in public places, arguing that in cover of spread of love in fact, immorality, nudity and indecency is being promoted which is against the Islamic culture.

Reports state that the court order has directed print and electronic media to not give any coverage to adverts promoting the day of love.

Officials from Indonesia to Russian Federation have raised concerns with how the holiday commercializes love or clashes with traditional cultures, viewing its spread as unfettered Westernization and the promotion of what some call scandalous views of love.

The Islamic political party "jamat e Islami" objects to the celebrations on February 14.

"The very atmosphere of these holidays does not foster the formation of spiritual and moral values in youth, and holding them primarily benefits commercial organizations", Grigory Bolotnikov, a Russian government consultant, told Reuters in 2011, as officials in Belgorod province clamped down on Valentine's Day celebrations.

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

Private TV channels will be banned from airing special content in relation to Valentine's Day.

Religious police in Saudi Arabia banned the sale of all Valentine's Day goods in 2008, telling shops to remove all red items - a move which is said to have led to a black market in roses, wrapping paper and "red goods".

Islamist and right-wing parties in Pakistan typically view Valentine's Day as a vulgar Western import.

Cities and countries around the world have banned the celebration of the romantic holiday, more recently, the capital city of Pakistan.

  • Elsie Buchanan