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President calls on nation to avoid celebrating Valentine’s Day

President Mamnoon Hussain has urged Pakistanis to not celebrate Valentine’s Day, saying the western tradition is not part of “our culture”.

“We should refrain from observing Valentine’s Day as it has no connection with our culture,” the president said while addressing a gathering of students — mostly girls — on the death anniversary of freedom movement leader Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar in Islamabad the other day.

He said that blind following of western traditions will lead to a degradation of “our values”, just as it has led to several problems including increase in attacks against women in a neighbouring country.

He also said that Pakistan could achieve progress by adopting the philosophy of its great leaders.

Hussain’s remarks against Valentine’s Day came a day after the local elected council in Peshawar and Kohat district banned its celebration.

There is no need to designate a special day where people give cards, chocolates and gifts to each other,” District Council Chairman Maulana Niaz Mohammad said. “Valentine’s Day has become a common and unnecessary part of our culture.”

The celebration on February 14 has often been criticised by locals as an “insult” to Islam.

Police, however, said that the ban cannot be enforced as legally there is no bar on celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated by a limited number of people in major urban centres in Pakistan at enclosed places.

In the past, several such gatherings have been targeted and disrupted by members of religious parties.



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3 Comments

  1. neutral said:

    It is below the dignity of country's president to have a say on the topic.The Hindus celebrate their festivals and even people (Muslims included) celebrate Basant in Lahore despite SC ban.

  2. al3ab-banat01 said:

    اليوم لقد اتيتكم بموقع رائع انا اعجبني شخصيا وهو يحتوي على باقة من العاب بنات جديدة ومتجدد دائما ولمن لا يعرف العاب بنات فهي العاب فلاش تلعب على المتصفح بدون تحميل وتلعب مباشرة والعاب البنات هي بدورها فيها عدة اصناف وهي العاب الماكياج وفي هذا النوع يجب وضع الماكياج للبنت الموجودة في اللعبة وهناك كتير منها ويوجد كذلك العاب طبخ وهذا الصنف عنده محبين اكتر من السابق بفارق كبير وهو المميز عند الجميع سواء كانو بناتا او اولادا وايضا الصغار يلعبون فيه كتيرا وهو الاكتر انتشارا في النت ومواقعه كتيرة ويوجد صنف آخر وهو اقل منه قليلا في الشهرة وهو صنف التلبيس هذا الصنف ايضا يعشقه كتير من البنات وعدد قليل من الاولاد وكل صنف من هذه الاصناف توجد به العاب خاصة بشخصية معينة مشهورة فمتلا باربي ستجدها في جميع هذه الاصناف متلا العاب تلبيس باربي او العاب طبخ باربي او العاب ماكياج باربي وهكذا وهناك شخصيات كتيرة في هذه الالعاب وهي الاكتر شهرة طبعا عن باقي الشخصيات الغير معروفة وهذا الموقع يقدم جميع هذه الاصناف التي تندرج تحت نوع العاب بنات فمرحبا بكم جميعا
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