Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day, Islamabad High Court says it promotes ‘immorality, nudity and indecency’
Pakistan has once again banned Valentine Day’s celebrations and its media coverage after the Islamabad High Court ruled the holiday as “un-Islamic”.
The Voice of America reported that in order to comply with the court ruling, Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) imposed guidelines to its TV and radio licenses to remind them of the ban.
“Respondents are directed to ensure that nothing about the celebrations of Valentine’s Day and its promotion is spread on the Electronic and Print media. No event shall be held on an official level and at any public place. PEMRA is directed to ensure that all the TV channels shall stop the promotion of Valentine’s Day forthwith,” the PEMRA said in a statement.
The judgment also prohibited any advertising or the sale of merchandise associated with Valentine’s Day.
The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday issued a judgment on a petition claiming that Valentine’s Day was spreading “immorality, nudity and indecency” in the society.
The court also prohibited its celebrations in public places and government offices in Islamabad.
It further instructed PEMRA to “ensure that nothing about the celebration of Valentine’s Day and its promotion is spread.”
The decision has renewed a heated debate amongst the people, who are questioning the nature of …read more