External Content

The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

Men inflate heart shaped balloons ahead of Valentine's day in Peshawar, Pakistan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

(reuters_tickers)

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued an advisory on Wednesday warning television and radio stations against any Valentine's Day events.

"No event shall be held at the official level or at any public place," Pemra said.

The ban was introduced by Islamabad High Court last year after a petition by a citizen who said the holiday was a cultural import from the West and "against the teachings of Islam".

Many of the Muslim-majority nation's young people - more than 60 percent of the population is under age 30 - and commercial establishments have in recent years embraced Valentine's Day traditions of hearts, flowers and chocolates.

But the country of 208 million has also seen a new wave of ultra-religious political activism that sparked a backlash against such visible, and some say immoral, celebrations.

Hard-right political parties including the Taliban-linked Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam parties have in recent years held rallies to denounce the holiday.

Valentine's Day falls on Feb. 14.

(Reporting by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Neuer Inhalt

Horizontal Line


swissinfo EN

Teaser Join us on Facebook!

Join us on Facebook!

subscription form

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.








Click here to see more newsletters

Reuters