Pakistan’s President Says Valentine’s Day Celebrations Should Be Avoided

Pakistan’s President Says Valentine’s Day Celebrations Should Be Avoided

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Every year on 14 February and approaches, conservatives and Islamists in Pakistan, a Muslim majority holding events and rallies to denounce the celebration of Valentine’s Day at home and against Islam and the values ​​traditional parties.

This year, the groups have an ally high profile Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain.

“Valentine’s Day has nothing to do with our culture,” Hussain said at an event on Friday, adding that the celebration should be avoided. The president also called on Pakistanis to “always keep their religious and national identity” students, according to a press release from his office.
The president has a ceremonial position without executive powers.

Many Pakistanis celebrate Valentine’s Day. The shops and street vendors sell cards, flowers and balloons. Some businesses and restaurants offer specials on February 14 questions.

Pakistan’s President Says Valentine’s Day Celebrations Should Be Avoided

conservative religious groups in Pakistan have campaigned against Christian holy day celebrations for years, calling the day of the anti-Islam and an assault on traditional Islamic values.

The Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the largest Islamic parties in Pakistan, is organizing various events across the country, asking people to hold them in place “modesty Day” on Sunday. A dozen women party held a protest against Valentine’s Day in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday, with the banners reading “boycott Valentine’s Day” and “Save our values.”

“Valentine’s Day has no place in Pakistani regional peers values, Islamic, or. The promotion of such events deceive and destroy our younger generation,” said the Jamaat-e-Islami Khalid Waqas Chamkani district councilor of the city of Peshawar.

Mr. Chamkani said Valentine “promotes relationships that are beyond what is appropriate” in Pakistan. On Friday, he introduced a resolution in the District Council of Peshawar for the day.

In Kohat district, also in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the local government said on Thursday it had banned Valentine’s Day. Government officials and local police, however, said he had no power to take that step.

Pakistan’s President Says Valentine’s Day Celebrations Should Be Avoided

In addition, on an Anti-Valentine Pakistani company it was announced in the media this week. “Because of their weak faith, our children can begin to celebrate the Independence Day of Hindus, Christmas of Christians and other Islamic traditions of different religions,” said one Sitara Chemicals message, a company based in the central Pakistani city of Faisalabad , printed in the Express edition of a national newspaper in Urdu Friday. “Therefore, as Muslims, for God’s pleasure, let’s get rid eliminate this obscene ritual of our lives.”

Pakistan is not the only country in South Asia, where Valentine’s Day was met with opposition. Conservative groups in neighboring India protested the celebration, noting that it is a cultural component of the West. As Islamist groups in Pakistan, Hindu conservatives have argued that Valentine’s Day can lead to immoral behavior and what they call the destruction of traditional values.

Chandra Prakash Kaushik, president of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All Assembly Hindu India), said on Saturday that the organization will deploy volunteers through Delhi to convince couples celebrating Valentine’s Day to get married according to Hindu tradition in his office .

“We are not opposed to the idea of ​​love. We are opposed to Western ideas of love,” he said.

Mr. Kaushik said volunteers instructed not to resort to violence, but rather to provide a white rose.

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