IHC imposes ban on celebrations of Valetine's Day

According to the court order, Valentine's Day-related festivities have been banned in public and official places.

The regulator in a statement directed all Pakistani media outlets not to print or broadcast anything that promotes Valentine's Day.

Iran: While some choose to still celebrate the holiday, participating in Valentine's Day was looked down upon for being a "Western custom", The Economist reported in 2013.

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.

In Pakistan, Valentine's Day is seen by some as amoral and an appropriation of Western culture.

Referring to the ban, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, one of the many politicians who reject the holiday, said that Valentine's is "not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West", reports the Express.

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It even holds rallies annually against those celebrating the occasion. In Malaysia, where Muslims make up more than half of the population, Islamic morality police have raided hotels and parks on February 14, looking for couples whom they consider to be too immodest.

They issued the order Monday to go in immediate effect.

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

"Valentine's Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided", he said at a ceremony a year ago.

"We spend four to five days making these, I've got forty of them ready to be sold for tomorrow", Sultan Zaib, told CNN. He also said that he had spent about $2,000 buying stock for Valentine's Day, and he can't afford to be kept from selling all the flowers he bought.

"If they ban us from selling these tomorrow then it will be a disaster, we simply can not afford this", said Naveed.

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