A judge in Pakistan has banned celebrating and the promoting of Valentine’s Day celebrations in the countries capital, claiming it goes against Islamic teachings.
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.
Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it’s not a public holiday in any country.
Pakistan’s media regulatory authority has since instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine’s Day.
The ban has caused uproar across Pakistan as people took to social media to express their anger at the ban.
“We’re going to ban everything related to Valentine’s Day because Pakistan’s got no problems to deal with. Too funny for words!” says Mariyam Nafees, a Twitter user.
Another internet user, Anas Tipu also mocks the decision, exposing its hypocrisy: “According to Google, Pakistan is one of the top most countries searching porn, and still have the audacity to ban Valentine’s day…”
Others approved of the decision by the Judge, with one twitter user saying: “This is the duty of the government of Pakistan to ban the special programs on TV channels related to Valentine’s day,” says Hira Chaudhury.
Aaron Flint, who lives in the United States also chimed in and said: “I wish our country would do the same. It’s a stupid marketing day, nothing more. If you need a day to remind you to show love and affection; something’s wrong with you.”
Pakistani police inthe capital have also said they might be checking cars for anything red or heart-shaped the night before and during Valentine’s Day.