The high court of Islamabad the capital of Pakistan issued an order on Monday banning Valentine's Day celebrations across the country "with immediate effect".
The law prohibits the placement of ads on electronic and print media that refer to Valentine's Day, prohibits the sale of goods related to this subject. The court accepted the law after the statement was made by the citizen, Abdul Wahid - who argued that the Valentine's Day holiday "against the teachings of Islam and should be banned immediately."
In Pakistan, Valentine's Day is seen by some as immoral expression of Western culture. Religious groups such as the Islamic political party "Jamaat Islami" is often protested against the celebration of Valentine's Day in the country and held rallies against annually celebrate February 14.
In 2016 local government in the city of Peshawar in the Northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also banned the celebration. President mamnoon Hussain has issued a statement in February 2016, with a request not to celebrate Valentine's Day, as it was "not part of the Muslim tradition."
Although Valentine's Day is usually not celebrated widely throughout the country, in recent years, various companies use the event to promote their products. In the first week of February, the sellers begin to sell heart-shaped balloons and the price of red roses increases.
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