Valentine's Day banned in Pakistan for being anti-Muslim
Lovers in the Asian city are being warned they must not show displays of affection or openly celebrate in ”any public space or government building”.
Heart-shaped merchandise is prohibited, along with electronic and print media referencing the day paying homage to St Valentine.
The bizarre order was given by Pakistan’s High Court in Islamabad, the country’s capital.
In Pakistan, Valentine's Day is seen by some as amoral and an appropriation of Western culture.
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Muslim politicians reject the celebrations in large numbers in Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain made a statement in February 2016, saying Valentine’s Day was "not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West”.
The court has requested Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) monitor social media platforms and share any information that shows that the ban has been compromised.
A petition sparked the ban after a man named Abdul Waheed claimed ongoing promotions of Valentine's Day were "against the teachings of Islam and should be banned immediately”.
The move is not the first against the celebration of love.
Pakistani High Court bans Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day in public
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The Islamic political party ‘jamat e Islami’ objects to the celebrations on February 14.
It even holds rallies annually against those celebrating the occasion.
Celebrations were banned in the city of Peshawar in the country's northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkh in 2016.
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I salute Islamabad High-court for decision against Valentine's Day
Islamabad High Court's decision has also divided social media users, with some tweeting for the ban and others vehemently against it.
One wrote: “I salute Islamabad High-court for decision against Valentine's Day.”
While another wrote: “To hell with Islamabad high court happy #valentinesday.”
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Heart-shaped merchandise is prohibited as Valentine's Day ban comes into force
But business owners are keen for it to go ahead and celebrate – after spending money on merchandise.
"We spend four to five days making these, I've got forty of them ready to be sold for tomorrow," Sultan Zaib, told CNN.
Mohammad Naveed, who runs a roadside flower shop, said he had invested close to the equivalent of $2,000 on buying blooms for Valentine's Day.
"If they ban us from selling these tomorrow then it will be a disaster, we simply cannot afford this," said Naveed.
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