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Pakistan's electronic media watchdog bans coverage of Valentine's Day

Religious parties in Pakistan have been long demanding to ban all kinds of events and celebration related to the Valentines Day in the country

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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Pakistan's electronic media watchdog on Wednesday directed the local media to refrain from promoting and showing celebrations of Valentine's Day as such activities were against the Islamic teachings.

The Islamabad High Court in a verdict passed on a petition submitted by a citizen on February 13, 2017, had prohibited the celebration of Valentine's Day (on February 14) in public spaces and government offices across the country "with immediate effect".

The Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued the directives in the light of the IHC verdict passed in February last year.

"In the meanwhile, respondents are directed to ensure that nothing about the celebration of Valentine Day and its promotion is spread on the Electronic and Print Media," the said in a statement.

"No event shall be held at official level and at any public place. Chairman, is directed to ensure that all the TV channels shall stop the promotion of Valentine Day, forthwith," it said.

directed countrywide broadcast media to "desist" from promoting the day.

Religious parties have been long demanding to ban all kinds of events and celebration related to the in the country as such activities were against the Islamic teachings.

President Mamnoon Hussain also urged to abstain from Valentine's Day activities they were part of West traditions.

"Valentine's Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided," he said during a speech in 2016.

The Valentine's Day activities have often been disrupted in the past in the Muslim-majority country by the supporters of hardline parties like

First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 21:49 IST
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