Lifestyle: Valentine’s Day under fire in Pakistan

(From dpa)

Valentine’s Day celebrations were slammed by authorities in Pakistan, where officials said the practice was not compatible with the country’s Islamic values.

Members of a religious party set fire to Valentine's Day merchandise in this file photo

Members of a religious party in Pakistan set fire to Valentine’s Day merchandise in this file photo

The celebration of romantic love on February 14 was an “anti-Islamic tradition,” President Mamnoon Hussain said late Friday.

“We should avoid the Valentine Day celebrations because it is Western,” said the president, who holds the largely ceremonial role of head of state.

The imported custom often involves the gifting of flowers, cards and chocolates by younger, sometimes unmarried couples.

Such activities could lead to the degradation of Pakistan’s culture, the president warned a gathering of female students, his spokesman Farooq Adil said on Saturday.

His comments came amid reports of bans on the sale of items marking the occasion this weekend.

“The order has been discarded as it is illegal and violates basic human rights,” the Express Tribune quoted a high-ranking police official as saying on condition of anonymity.

The Constitution does not prohibit citizens from celebrating Valentine’s Day, he was quoted as saying. Read More



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