Love is in the air, but not on airwaves as Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

Source: The Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has banned events marking Valentine’s Day, and media coverage of them, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic.

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Men inflate heart shaped balloons ahead of Valentine’s day in Peshawar, Pakistan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued an advisory on Wednesday warning television and radio stations against any Valentine’s Day celebrations.

“No event shall be held at the official level or at any public place,” Pemra said.

The ban was introduced by Islamabad High Court last year after a petition by a citizen who said the Feb. 14 holiday was a cultural import from the West and “against the teachings of Islam”.

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