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Valentine’s Day banned in Pakistan: Tweets and Reactions

(Monitoring desk): Valentine’s day is ticking away with friends and lovers trying their best to celebrate it amid the ban on public celebrations by the Pakistan government.
Valentine’s day (February 14) while on one hand is a day much revered by lovers, the single people are ever the more annoyed by its amorous festivities. Furthermore, Pakistan government has placed a ban on public celebration of the day, much to the relief of single scrooges but to the melancholy of those Oh-so-in-love!
 Nevertheless the internet, especially Twitter, is awash with the sweet frivolities as well as bitter heart-break stories shared by people in context of the Valentine’s day.
While people are busy enamoring their loved ones with gifts this Valentine’s Day, the micro-blogging site is bursting with hilarious tweets and jokes by Twitter users. Check out some of these reactions:

Valentine’s Day, named after a Christian saint who died for love, is often marked across Muslim-majority Pakistan, with retailers offering themed sales, restaurants advertising special deals for couples and florists registering booming sales.

However, The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned public celebrations of the day on Wednesday, following an order from the Islamabad High Court issued last year.

Petitioner Abdul Waheed had filed a case in early 2017 contending that the celebration of Valentine’s Day was spreading “immorality, nudity and indecency” in Pakistan.

“No event shall be held at official level and at any public place,” the court ordered at the time. Though a final ruling is still wanting regarding the case, which has been going on for more than a year now.

Commercial holidays and events such as Valentine’s Day are increasingly becoming sites for cultural contestation in Pakistan.

In 2013, prominent social activist Sabeen Mahmud held a “Pyaar ho jaane do” (‘Let love happen’) protest in the southern port city of Karachi, countering calls for a ban on the celebration.

Mahmud received several death threats for her defence of the day. In April 2015, she was shot dead by assailants on a motorcycle, minutes after hosting a controversial talk on ethnic Baloch rights.