Pakistan Court Bans Valentine’s Day in Capital

February 13, 2017 Updated: February 13, 2017
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ISLAMABAD—A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in the country’s capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings.

Court official Niaz Saleh says the judge ruled Monday on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations in Islamabad. He says the order has been sent to Pakistan’s media regulator to ensure a blackout on any Valentine’s Day promotions in print or electronic media. A spokesman for the regulator could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pakistani men protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Karachi on February 12, 2017. The western tradition of Valentine's Day is reviled in parts of Pakistan's conservative Islamic society.  / AFP / RIZWAN TABASSUM        (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani men protest against Valentine’s Day celebrations in Karachi on Feb. 12, 2017. (RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamist and right-wing parties in Pakistan view Valentine’s Day as vulgar Western import.