ISLAMABAD, 13 February: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday imposed ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations at public places across the country.
IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui announced the verdict while hearing a petition submitted by Abdul Waheed, seeking ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations. The petitioner stated that Valentine’s Day promotion campaign is underway in the country however they are not a part of a Muslim tradition.
During hearing of the case, the court ordered that Valentine’s Day celebrations in public places and as well as on official level is prohibited and now one should be allowed to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The court also directed the Federal Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Islamabad Chief Commissioner to submit their replies within 10-days regarding the Valentine’s Day celebrations.
The also warned the print and electronic media to “stop all Valentine’s Day promotions immediately”, while Pemra has been ordered to monitor all mediums and send out notifications banning any related promotions.
The Valentine’s Day celebrations were banned in Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa last year.