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‘Smooching is terrorism!’: Joining growing list of Islamic countries, Pakistan says ‘no’ to Valentine’s Day “

Monday, February 13, 2017 14:25
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Love — like the silver cross to Dracula, a fitting metaphor in this case.

This year, a judge in the capital city, Islamabad, banned Valentine’s Day celebrations, saying they violated Islamic teachings.

In Muslim-majority Indonesia, a group of school students in the city of Surabaya denounced the romantic day as a Western celebration that encourages casual sex and staged a protest.

“Say no to Valentine!” chanted the students, who were aged between 13 and 15 and included many girls wearing headscarves…... more

In Malaysia, where Islam is also the dominant religion, a group called The National Muslim Youth Association urged females to avoid using emoticons and an excessive amount of fragrance in a pre-Valentine’s Day message.

Not feeling the love: Pakistan’s capital says ‘no’ to Valentine’s Day.

A Muslim girl displays posters ” Muslims forbidden to celebrate Valentine’s Day” during a protest against Valentine’s Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Dozens of activists staged the protest calling on Muslims to avoid the celebration of the western holiday, saying that it’s against Islamic teachings. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

February 13, 2017

Pakistan is still not a fan of Valentine’s Day.

This year, a judge in the capital city, Islamabad, banned Valentine’s Day celebrations, saying they violated Islamic teachings.

The judge ruled Monday on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations in Islamabad, court official Niaz Saleh told The Associated Press. He said the order has been sent to Pakistan’s media regulator to ensure a blackout on any Valentine’s Day promotions in print or electronic media.

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

The celebrations were banned last year in Kohat, a city in the northwestern part of the country.

 “Valentine’s Day has no legal grounds, and secondly it is against our religion, therefore it was banned,” Kohat district administrator Maulana Niaz Muhammad told the BBC at the time.

A spokesman for the media regulator could not immediately be reached for comment.


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