The district council unanimously passed a resolution in February 2016 reportedly banning people from observing the annual celebration of love after deeming in un-Islamic.

A petition sparked the ban after a man named Abdul Waheed claimed ongoing promotions of Valentine's Day were "against the teachings of Islam and should be banned immediately".

Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain urged Pakistanis not to celebrate the holiday because it has no connection with the country's culture.

Activists of religious parties have often tried to discourage people from celebrating the day with the president urging the nation past year to refrain from celebrating the day.

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The Islamabad High Court prohibited the celebration of Valentine's Day in public spaces, on social media and in government offices throughout the country, according to Dawn, a publication that covers Pakistan and South Asia. The court ordered all electronic and print media to immediately halt all promotions of the holiday, and it ordered Pemra to monitor all mediums and issue notifications banning promotions.

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

If you're thinking about making a study of how couples celebrate this day, the Muslim world and the milieus of the radical Left are not the places you should be spending your time. A similar order was in place previous year in Islamabad. In a society where adultery is punishable by death and public displays of love are forbidden, the young had increasingly used Valentine's Day as a form of rebellion. So while some places celebrated the day, true to its infamy, the day received a reasonable amount of hate in certain parts as well.

A vehement opposition to Valentine's Day was not only being held by certain individuals, but by entire countries or provinces, as well. Doing otherwise is considered a "misguided practice", especially if the holiday has roots in other faiths, as Valentine's Day does.


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