A day earlier than Valentine’s Day, the Federal Ministry of Info, Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Islamabad Excessive Fee have been advised by Justice Shaukat Aziz, who was listening to the case, to submit their replies concerning the instant execution of the court docket’s orders.
Print and digital media have additionally been warned to “cease all Valentine’s Day promotions instantly”, whereas Pemra has been ordered to watch all mediums and ship out notifications banning any associated promotions.
The orders got on a petition submitted by citizen Abdul Waheed, who maintained that promotions on mainstream and social media for Valentine’s Day are “in opposition to Islamic teachings and ought to be banned instantly.”
The petition had additional known as for a ban on the celebration of Valentine’s Day in public locations.
Yearly, Valentine’s Day attracts a blended response from Pakistani residents, with some supporting and celebrating it, however a number of protesting its observance.
In main cities, varied eating places, supply providers and bakeries provide you with Valentine’s Day promotions.
Then again, there are those that provide you with anti-Valentine’s campaigns, reminiscent of ‘Haya Day’ on college campuses and varied ‘Say no to Valentine’s Day’ campaigns all through the nation.
Final 12 months, President Mamnoon Hussain had urged Pakistanis to forego celebrtating Valentine’s Day, saying that it was not part of Muslim custom, however of the West.
He had mentioned, “Valentine’s Day has no reference to our tradition and it ought to be averted,” and added that the downsides of western tradition had “adversely affected one among our neighbouring nations.”