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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday prohibited the celebration of Valentine's Day in public spaces and government offices across the country 'with immediate effect'.

A day before Valentine's Day, the Federal Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Islamabad High Commission were told by Justice Shaukat Aziz, who was hearing the case, to submit their replies regarding the immediate execution of the court's orders.

Print and electronic media have also been warned to "stop all Valentine's Day promotions immediately", while Pemra has been ordered to monitor all mediums and send out notifications banning any related promotions.

The orders were given on a petition submitted by citizen Abdul Waheed, who maintained that promotions on mainstream and social media for Valentine's Day are "against Islamic teachings and should be banned immediately."

The petition had further called for a ban on the celebration of Valentine's Day in public places, stating that, "in cover of spread of love in fact, immorality, nudity and indecency is being promoted which is against our rich culture."

Every year, Valentine's Day draws a mixed response from Pakistani citizens, with some supporting and celebrating it, but a few protesting its observance.

In major cities, various restaurants, delivery services and bakeries come up with Valentine's Day promotions.

On the other hand, there are those who come up with anti-Valentine's campaigns, such as 'Haya Day' on university campuses and various 'Say no to Valentine's Day' campaigns throughout the country.

Last year, President Mamnoon Hussain had urged Pakistanis to forego celebrtating Valentine’s Day, saying that it was not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.

He had said, “Valentine’s Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided,” and added that the downsides of western culture had "adversely affected one of our neighbouring countries."

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Ahmad Feb 13, 2017 01:19pm

Thanks ihc:)

True One Feb 13, 2017 01:22pm

good one

Osayed Feb 13, 2017 01:26pm

Brilliant step! Thank you!

Khurram Feb 13, 2017 01:26pm

We dont let any opportunity of becoming a laughing stock to slip now do we..

SAUDAGAR Feb 13, 2017 01:26pm

same when done in india why call it anti secular ? targeting BJP and shivsena , bajrang dal etc , india is secular . but love in our culture need not be socially exhibited , PDA should be objectionable

Falcon1 Feb 13, 2017 01:24pm

Oh, that will break the heart of the die-hard Valentinos!

AHMED Feb 13, 2017 01:25pm

Cowardly Foolish !

Abid HUSAIN Feb 13, 2017 01:28pm

myopic & bigoted decision...

Umair Ansari Feb 13, 2017 01:30pm


Skeptic Feb 13, 2017 01:34pm

I think the court deserves a bunch of flowers for this occasion!

Adonis Feb 13, 2017 01:39pm

Hmm.... how were people of this part of the world, expressing their love and affection for the dearest, before they discovered Internet and learned about St. Valentine's Day!?

Most people don't realize that greatest love stories of all time are enshrined in our part of the world, not the West. Examples:

-Shereen & Farhad - Sasi & Pannu -Shah Jahan and Malika Mumtaz

Hence the greatest symbol of love in the world is The Taj Mahal!

Enjoy and celebrate it in your own ways, and be proud of your heritage, instead of blindly following everything from the West.

Wakas Feb 13, 2017 01:39pm

Wayy to go IHC! Thank you so very much

Nitin Feb 13, 2017 01:40pm

Someone said in other post that pakistan should work in such a manner that it becomes like switzerland i m sure by this step you will be next switzerland kudos

RAHIM Feb 13, 2017 01:41pm

Thank you for taking the country back in the reverse direction

Faisal Feb 13, 2017 01:50pm

The courts should be deciding on more pressing matters. These are matters for the civil society to debate and discuss. There should be tolerance for other peoples views and ideology based on the spirit of live and let live.

Mahmood Feb 13, 2017 01:51pm

Ironic part of this so-called 'celebration' is that, it was invented in the West, which undoubtedly has more broken hearts and has the highest divorce rate anywhere in the world. This is nothing but commercial enterprise to rob the fleeting and superficial.

The balloons can burst or deflate; flowers will wilt eventually; that card can be soiled and may be discarded; the candy will be consumed and passed through the lower intestine into waste, but true love expressed with sincere feelings - without superficial items will last a life time. You don't need any of this, just once a year to show how you truly feel about someone you love, with your devotion, dedication and sincerity every day!

I am Malala Feb 13, 2017 01:56pm

Instead of doing moral policing,IHC should better concentrate on the cases which have been unsolved for years.

Nadeem Feb 13, 2017 01:54pm

Commendable. Should have come from the Government (Federal & Provincial)

muhammad usman khan Feb 13, 2017 01:56pm

@RAHIM Can you please explain how this step will take country in reverse direction. Why we follow blindly the west. I don't think any benefit in celebrating valentine day which is neither in our culture nor religion.

Truth Feb 13, 2017 01:57pm

@Khurram - Don't worry about that. There have been plenty of other things to laugh at. Just look at our PM for instance and the Royal lifestyle he enjoys in one of the poorest countries of the world.

What were you laughing at before this news came out??

Shahryar Shirazi Feb 13, 2017 02:00pm

@Nitin I'd recommend you focus on RSS not getting too powerful on your side of the border. That will sure stop India from becoming Switzerland.

Vk Feb 13, 2017 02:00pm

What a law and order congrats

The end is near Feb 13, 2017 02:02pm

Thanks IHC. No place for Romeos and Juliets.

salam Feb 13, 2017 02:05pm

Very good decision. This is required to protect our culture. We have no tradition to love each other publicly.

ABu Hajra Feb 13, 2017 02:05pm

Very Wise Decision ... Thank you honorable judge!

Ali Feb 13, 2017 02:05pm

Let people do what they want to do. Everyone should keep their judgments to themselves.

wajid Feb 13, 2017 02:03pm

It seems IHC is so much concerned on general public rights, that in order to preserve this, its not hesitant to bar the public rights ...... Strange for me....

mast Feb 13, 2017 02:08pm

Great Decision IHC, hope this makes an impact tomorrow !

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 13, 2017 02:08pm

This shows the low mentality of our educated class to punish the youths who wants to express their love, freedom in a peaceful manner. The world is laughing at our stupidity.

jA-Australia Feb 13, 2017 02:10pm

Valentine's day is hyped up by businesses to generate profit by capitalizing on the insecurity of people who desperately want to be Westerners.

Timeto stopthis Feb 13, 2017 02:10pm

Now who called this country a democracy?

M.Malik Feb 13, 2017 02:13pm

I bet all those who are disappointed with this decision ignore their nearest and dearest all year long, and wait for just this occasson each year to show off to their friends and neighbors how many balloons they gave or received or how many flowers they are able to buy to show their (so-called) love for the others.

In Pakistan it is all ostentation and shameless display of wealth and money to make people feel important and better than their neighbors! I have seen more people in Pakistan, spend their entire monthly salary on iPhones than anywhere else - to feel superior!!. Just because they can boast of what they can afford - never mind that the clothes they are wearing or the car they are driving has monthly payments or credit card bills behind it!!!

Ridiculous! As someone correctly pointed out, Pakistan has no culture. But all culture of materialism, flash, bling-bling, pretense, show-off, keeping up or ahead of Jonses, Chaudheries, Khans or Toms, Dicks and Harries!

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Feb 13, 2017 02:13pm

Welcome to IndoPak, where we are told what to do and don't let our expression flow freely, the world is moving ahead and we are trapped in our myths of the past. Courts should punish billionaire politicians also. We must get out of this superstitious cultural norms and celebrate the day of love along with our own traditions.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is truly beautiful.

azmat shah Feb 13, 2017 02:16pm

@Adonis Taj Mahal - the greatest symbol of love? You must be joking or are illiterate about the mughal history. It is a great symbol of oppression not love.

Satyarth Feb 13, 2017 02:14pm

Is it 21st century

Timeto stopthis Feb 13, 2017 02:19pm

Ever though of the impact of this decision on the poor balloon sellers and shop keepers? If nothing else this day will generate some money for the poor and feed some hungry stomachs.

Timeto stopthis Feb 13, 2017 02:19pm

Every silly decision like this takes you further and further behind the rest of the civilised world.

Huzaifah Feb 13, 2017 02:18pm

Very Good decision. Thanks for the petitioner and the Court of course.

South Asia Feb 13, 2017 02:21pm

@Shahryar Shirazi RSS gave us our best PM Modi. RSS has a muslim wing. I am not a follower of BJP nor Congress. But still have to say that BJP is very effective and gets things done very fast. By the way RSS people including Modi have to travel to each village in the country during their young years and do social work there. So we have a PM who has traveled the length and breadth of the country and knows what is the problem and where. So as a voter I do not care if RSS is bad for other countries, I am happy that it is good for my country and will turn out quality leaders, who knows we may have a Muslim PM from RSS in the future.By the way the muslim wing is called Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM).

M F Feb 13, 2017 02:22pm

The problem is not whether this day should be celebrated or not. The problem is bigotry from both sides, those who advocate it and those who oppose it.

akram Feb 13, 2017 02:24pm

@muhammad usman khan one thing it may do is make more Pakistani men respect women and teach them to love their spouses, instead of seeing them as baby producing devices that also make food.

It is important to learn in life from other people's experiences, those that shut their eyes and bury their heads in the sand are doomed to extinction.

asad Feb 13, 2017 02:24pm

Salute to IHC, great decision.

Hassan Shad Feb 13, 2017 02:27pm

An excellent decision by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to bar public displays of affection on Valentine's Day. We should have our own version of Valentine's Day rooted in our religio-cultural values.How about we have a "Ibn E Sina Day" or a "Ibn a Batuta Day"? Would some Pakistani lawyer please take this up with the IHC as public interest litigation please?

DoNN Feb 13, 2017 02:30pm

Something that needs to be protected so much; it shows only fragility of that something.

the right wrong Feb 13, 2017 02:30pm

We sure know our priorities as a nation!

So I guess issues of clean drinking water, basic sanitation and health care will now be tackled..Now that we have got the important question of valentine day out of the way.

bunty Feb 13, 2017 02:31pm

Next one should be do not smile or laugh in public spaces and government offices across the country 'with immediate effect'.

Imran ali Feb 13, 2017 02:33pm

why high court should get involved in social activities

Aamir Feb 13, 2017 02:33pm

LOL ...who will impliment it...Valentine sales will go on Regardless. Just wait and watch

AW Feb 13, 2017 02:34pm

Oh please! let the people live and do whatever they want in their lives. It sounds crazy to see the government and the courts assume the role of morality police. Please stop it. Next will be banning of happiness and smiling will become a crime.

S.A Basit Feb 13, 2017 02:33pm

Good Move !!!!

gulab Feb 13, 2017 02:37pm

When apex court regulates the moral conduct then pity on the citizens

Abdul Feb 13, 2017 02:37pm

Dont label the decision with anti Liberal or Secular, this is beneficial for the society. the one who show their love to their family dont need 14th feb he can do whole year & every Day.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Feb 13, 2017 02:37pm

Sad day.

jaan-bhittani Feb 13, 2017 02:38pm

This is a very good decision.. Thank you IHC.

Asifullah Feb 13, 2017 02:37pm

nice step.

javed malik Feb 13, 2017 02:40pm

Thanks a lot IHC

Javed Akhter Feb 13, 2017 02:43pm

Good decision taken by IHC hope PEMRA AND OTHER MEDIA will follow the order.

Noor ul hadi Feb 13, 2017 02:42pm

very good

Amjad Feb 13, 2017 02:44pm

You must see hundreds of beggars on streets, markets and surroundings. you must watch the death rates in Pakistan related to socioeconomic issues. Why not our judiciary raise questions on hot iron issues that really alarming in our country. I am not celebrating this day but unable to stop myself to talk about this decision.

Animesh Feb 13, 2017 02:42pm

WoW!! What a progressive country !!

Nasir S. Feb 13, 2017 02:45pm

Thanks IHC.

Sarfraz Feb 13, 2017 02:43pm

Agree with IHC decision.

Taimur Feb 13, 2017 02:43pm

Hopefully IHC will also now take out sufficient time to address on priority other cases on issues like corruption and terrorism.

Big-t Feb 13, 2017 02:44pm

that's a good decision by the umpire;)

asad Feb 13, 2017 02:49pm

@AW your views are corrupted by immorality.

ABE Feb 13, 2017 02:49pm

@azmat shah - Sorry to see you are lonely and do not know what love is!?

Shahid Feb 13, 2017 02:49pm

The IHC ruling is for 'public places and government offices'. Instead of making it vs. x, y, z, just give it a serious thought in the backdrop of local traditions and culture, from all angles.

Irfan_Sydney Feb 13, 2017 02:51pm

Great decision, IHC.

Taimur Feb 13, 2017 02:52pm

@Adonis You are absolutely right.

Riyadh Feb 13, 2017 02:54pm

Good Decision. We have nothing to do with so called "VD". Not part of our culture.

Shahzeb Abbasi Feb 13, 2017 02:54pm

This is a true reflection of our misplaced priorities.. Corruption, bribery, child labor, abuse, minority harassment, lack of water, stunted growth etc are all part of our culture and acceptable

ishrat salim Feb 13, 2017 02:55pm

Had those people who are in favor of celebrating Valentines day, knew the background of this, they would think twice to do so....try to copy good things from the West, instead of such stupid occasions. Try to be compassion, passionate & love all especially the animals. Teach your kids to be truthful, honest, compassionate & love human beings especially the poor people. Teach them to give & look down on the ground with feet on ground.

Parvez Feb 13, 2017 02:56pm

So are we a tolerant society ?..... so when others laugh at us are they wrong ?

Nabeel Feb 13, 2017 02:56pm

It's disappointing to see that some people actually disagree with the court decision. There is no basis of this in our culture and I think except for corrupting the minds of our younger generation there is no good to this day.

nUMAN Feb 13, 2017 02:57pm

Highly Appreciated, Excellent Job! We society as a whole, keep spending lots of money on silly customs, which have no outcome, but chaos & extravagance.

Patriot Feb 13, 2017 03:00pm

We will never let our minds and emotions flourish.

Pakistani Feb 13, 2017 03:09pm

Good decision

ABE Feb 13, 2017 03:09pm

@Patriot - Really? You need a card or balloons to make your emotions flourish!?

You must not even feel happy, sad, angry or joyous, without someone giving you something??

Jigger Feb 13, 2017 03:13pm

In country where ppl die from hunger, thirst and rampant militancy - how is this is this even an issue!!!

Rayn Feb 13, 2017 03:13pm

Awesome decision. Save Asian culture.

Billu Bhai Feb 13, 2017 03:15pm

My heart goes for all those ....who have already bought presents.

MAK Feb 13, 2017 03:16pm

GR8 News!! Thank You IHC..

Cliff Feb 13, 2017 03:17pm

What's so scary about love? It doesn't hurt as much as terrorism does.

Vipeen Feb 13, 2017 03:18pm

All those who are either married, or the ones of never finding their love are wholeheartedly supporting this decision. Let me count how many are there.

Tanweer Khan Feb 13, 2017 03:24pm

@Jigger Spot on.

If people want to celebrate VD - let them.

South Asia Feb 13, 2017 03:24pm

@Billu Bhai All boys must be secretly happy...MONEY SAVED :)

Aamir Feb 13, 2017 03:25pm

I cannot believe how backward we are. Total disaster.

Umer Feb 13, 2017 03:29pm

What have we become?

RAHIM Feb 13, 2017 03:30pm

@muhammad usman khan Whats wrong in following the west? Canadian PM Justin Trudeau celebrates Indian and Pakistani festivals. Do you think he should stop it? Please stop living in stone age

Shahid Feb 13, 2017 03:33pm

It is funny. Isn't it? Those who could not find enough love in the Sufi doctrine, or besides it, are trying their luck in Valentine? One wonders whether say good luck or not or bid be careful this time.

Philosopher(from japan) Feb 13, 2017 03:31pm

Great decision ihc.

saeed bhatti Feb 13, 2017 03:37pm

Anybody found celebrating this ritual will himself/herself be responsible for the consequences.

anees khan Feb 13, 2017 03:37pm

Pakistan must not be westernized

Mubashir Feb 13, 2017 03:37pm

Good Decision

Shahryar Shirazi Feb 13, 2017 03:37pm

@South Asia Read my original comment, it was not against BGP or Modi but against RSS in your country which along with the likes of VHP attacks people celebrating valentines day ( and people he keep Beef in their refrigerators)

Pooran Harani Feb 13, 2017 03:38pm

@Faisal Spot on. We have many more things to correct before we focus on such issues.

Sada Feb 13, 2017 03:39pm

In my view, these issue should be discussed in parliament and then any decisions should be made.

South Asia Feb 13, 2017 03:38pm

@Shahryar Shirazi Please remember that Bajrang Dal and RSS are different. They are OFTEN ...very OFTEN confused with each other.

Ijaz Feb 13, 2017 03:44pm

Ignorance in Pakistan goes all the way up to the highest levels of the establishment.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 13, 2017 03:46pm

These type of celebration are neither compatible with our religion nor with our culture. Mothers day, Fathers day, Love day, respect day birthday & death day etc have no values. Every good deeds are to be done daily & avery bad deeds are to be avoided daily, earmarking 1 day each per year for good deeds is a crude joke and waste of time.

SUhas SENGUPTA Feb 13, 2017 03:47pm

@Shahryar Shirazi India has no aspirations to become Switzerland. We have the richest, deepest culture and history.

Zaheer Feb 13, 2017 03:48pm

We have proved that we are living in confused society and still divided and right or left and similar is the case with valentine day any use of word LOVE we only means an affair or a relationship between a boy and a girl ignoring the fact that it may be for brother & sister, parents & children and a wife or husband. Basically we are hypocrite and have set different standards for different things, and have neglected the fact that the world has become a global village and nothing is away from us. Instead of teaching our younger generation about good and bad, rights and responsibilities and their character building we are forcing our generation to do what we want, which is unfair and unjustified. It seems that our government is acting on the directives of some extremists groups. The bottom line is that let the people celebrate an event but direct them and advise them not to cross the line and limits.

Asif A. Shah Feb 13, 2017 03:48pm

Celebrating birthdays are part of the world culture. Celebration of " Valentine Day" is achieving the similar status.

SUhas SENGUPTA Feb 13, 2017 03:49pm

@Timeto stopthis Nice point.

final truth Feb 13, 2017 03:56pm

Happy Valentine's day to all!

Rabia Feb 13, 2017 03:56pm

Why is someone celebrating Valentine's Day anyone else's business.

Amit Gaikwad Feb 13, 2017 03:57pm

@Shahryar Shirazi sir just study the contribution of the rss to the unity of India... Rss is not a terror organization...

A. Manan Feb 13, 2017 03:55pm

I've always wondered when Christmas Eve celebrations and Easter will come to Pakistan? Seems like Pakistani awam is quite hooked to celebrating all that which isn't theirs.

A Shah Feb 13, 2017 03:58pm

Good move.

Aaron Parayil Feb 13, 2017 03:56pm

@Adonis True. But not everybody is a Shah Jahan and can afford to build a Taj Mahal.

Rafay Feb 13, 2017 04:01pm

Good step to stop the foolishness ! we are as the nation get too excited about EVERTHING literally ! Its just a day for Valentinos to celebrate not to drag the whole nation including restaurants, telecast programmes and breaking new based on it.

iffi Feb 13, 2017 04:03pm

Good decision

khanm Feb 13, 2017 04:07pm

Islamabad High Court bars Valentine's Day celebration in public spaces... wonder what the legal grounds are..Justice should not have any opinion on personnel level, or religious level... it should be only on legal matters or else the it defeats the purpose of the judiciary...

Yasir Chohan Feb 13, 2017 04:07pm

Its very encouraging step taken by IHC,

Abkibaar Feb 13, 2017 04:07pm

How many of us feel that banning Valentine's Day celebrations will stop making people fall in love?

shafi Feb 13, 2017 04:09pm

Why not stop using all things west? such as computer, internet, TV, radio, electricity, watch etc? Why stop just at Valentine's day?

loyal Feb 13, 2017 04:14pm

Good judgement by the court.

PAATCHU Feb 13, 2017 04:12pm

All humanity should celebrate the occassion of love.. It does not matter Valentine's has a western or christian connection.

Irfan Feb 13, 2017 04:13pm

Pointless discussion and decision.

Abdullah Masood Feb 13, 2017 04:17pm

Religion should never be imposed. Everybody should be allowed to follow his/her religion with out any compulsion. Religion is one's private matter. There are lots of un-islamic trends happening in Pakistan, why don't IHC ban them too? I am against this decision.

a Feb 13, 2017 04:16pm

@M.Malik "As someone correctly pointed out, Pakistan has no culture."

Fully agree .....but don't be so acerbic. Consumerism of the west has negatively influenced us too much and as indirectly pointed out by the Court we are forgetting our values,our saving habits,our habit of making maximum and proper use of items purchased.

All what you have said is consumerism and nothing to do with culture and all that ! We go to a Mall to buy one thing and come out with ten more things ........this does keep the economy moving. But some charity and less show off and no wastage is a MUST.

Faizan Qureshi Feb 13, 2017 04:19pm

very Good

M. Ibrahim Marghoob Feb 13, 2017 04:19pm

@ Shafi, if we ban an objectionable website, probably adult, that does not call for banning internet. Likewise, celebrating valentines day, Christmas, Halloween or thanksgiving are not part of our culture or religion. We should be proud of our own practices and I think our courts should be effective on other fronts as well

Yusuf Mahommed Feb 13, 2017 04:20pm

Pakistani culture threatened by western 'Valentines day'. Pakistani culture must be pretty weak. Who ever wants to celebrate whatever they want should be given a right to. This is a sign of insecurity.

jA-Australia Feb 13, 2017 04:22pm

@A. Manan Christmas and Easter are Christian holidays and we have many patriotic Christian Pakistanis, so these holidays are perfectly valid Pakistani holidays.

Valentine's Day, however, is just a market gimmick. It has no religious significance.

Sherdad Feb 13, 2017 04:25pm


Timeto stopthis Feb 13, 2017 04:26pm

@jA-Australia The business keeps people off the streets and helps to keep people employed, fed, clothed and housed. Think before commenting next time.

Rizwan Zafar Feb 13, 2017 04:27pm

If parents have no issues regarding their children dating; don't know why would exercise such orders, despite ignoring cases which appeals to be resolved.

Timeto stopthis Feb 13, 2017 04:27pm

@The end is near You are right.

Junaid Feb 13, 2017 04:29pm

Well done IHC !!

Alee injigaani Feb 13, 2017 04:37pm

I am very much depressed by this decision. Everyone has the right to speech and action according to the constitution of Pakistan. We want a liberal and progressive Pakistan where everyone should be given the right to free speech and action which is harmless.

R.K Pathak Feb 13, 2017 04:38pm

Nice to see that valentine day is celebrated in Pakistan also

syedghulamabbasshah Feb 13, 2017 04:41pm

Giving importance to non issue's,

mubashar ali Feb 13, 2017 04:47pm

i'm agree with IHC

mubashar ali Feb 13, 2017 04:47pm

yes,i'm agree with IHC

Abdul Aziz Feb 13, 2017 04:48pm

A lot of Arab traditions have also seeped into our culture which need to be banned immediately.

Ahmer Jamil Khan Feb 13, 2017 04:49pm

It is not for the court to decide on limits of personal liberty and freedom.

Ma Feb 13, 2017 04:56pm

Thank you IHC

changez khan Feb 13, 2017 04:57pm


Sane Feb 13, 2017 04:59pm

Valentines day like many other days(mother's day, father's day etc.) is just one of the corporate tricks to sell. It has nothing to do with our needs or culture per se.

Say it Feb 13, 2017 04:56pm

Got it wrong!!! The society should be allowed to make choices and learn from life experiences. Forcefully taking choices away would not help individuals and society as a whole to grow and develop ethically and morally. We learn from success in life but can learn more from mistakes.

skumar Feb 13, 2017 04:59pm

Love is love .. there is nothing western or eastern about love . We have so many glorious stories of love . heer ranjha , shoni mahiwal, shajehan mumtaj ,salim anarkali, , bajirao mastani ,mirza sahiba., ambikapathy, amaravati,..... . etc etc..

Hind Feb 13, 2017 04:59pm

@Shahzeb Abbasi agree. Especially when institution priorities are debatable.

ABE Feb 13, 2017 05:02pm

Everyone who is getting all bent out of shape over this order - which only bars 'public celebration' of this day' and not calling it 'illegal' perhaps cannot find muster the courage to say " I love you" to their spouses any other way??

How did millions of you stay married all these years?

Logicaldude Feb 13, 2017 05:03pm

Antics of a regressive society bent on abolishing good, nay great ideas, opposing ideas in consonance with the very nature of man without offering anything new. Yee shall not succeed.

AHA Feb 13, 2017 05:04pm

Extremism is the ultimate winner, and humanity is the ultimate loser.

M. Siddique Feb 13, 2017 05:04pm

Bad decision. Interference into people's life is not acceptable.

Mukul Feb 13, 2017 05:07pm

@M. Ibrahim Marghoob I guess start to be proud of stoning people to death or honor killings "our own" doesn't make them the best practices please see that the world has moved on time to get out of stone age

backedtohacked Feb 13, 2017 05:08pm

@Say it whomever has been getting it wrong for weeks and years. lmao.

apparently you can't get to the point.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 13, 2017 05:11pm

Why can't our judiciary focus on more serious matters in the country like adulterated eatable stuff or fake medicines being sold in the country or corruption in practically all instructions in the country so much

Ma Feb 13, 2017 05:12pm

Good decisions. Now law enforcement agencies should have heavy hand to implement it too.

Khurram Bashwani Feb 13, 2017 05:14pm

Good Move.

Shahid Feb 13, 2017 05:13pm

Happy valentines day!!

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 13, 2017 05:17pm

@Ma also good way for law enforcement agencies to make good money on valentine's day

ATUL26 Feb 13, 2017 05:21pm

@SAUDAGAR what's wrong with PDA? Its shame that non priority things like Valentine get priority..instead of focussing on major issues.half of south Asian don't even know true meaning of Valentine

Viking Star Feb 13, 2017 05:23pm

Those who are advocating in favor of Valentines day "actually" need to know what does this day and what does the word "Valentine" mean. I am sure 99.9 % wouldn't know. They think by celebrating this day they are open minded. Fact of the matter is.... they don't even know the term and the background. Thanks IHC!

Zealot Feb 13, 2017 05:25pm


backedtohacked Feb 13, 2017 05:29pm

@khanm then theyll have to appeal it!

backedtohacked Feb 13, 2017 05:31pm

@Falcon1 i doubt it..

Aamir Feb 13, 2017 05:38pm

@Zealot Well done 88!

Aamir Feb 13, 2017 05:36pm

@Viking Star exactly. im still trying to figure it out even though nothing changes.

Truth Feb 13, 2017 05:39pm

"V" in Pakistan is being used to promote 'Vulgarity'. Very true!

QAISER SHAKEEL Feb 13, 2017 05:37pm


Sam Feb 13, 2017 05:46pm

Thousands of cases pending in courts ... and this is the decision we are prioritizing...

Fawzia H Feb 13, 2017 05:46pm

There is nothing wrong with having fun and being happy.

Serg Feb 13, 2017 05:48pm

You can show love just like 364 days of the year because if you are doing it on this particular day only then possibly you are faking love.

Imran AB Feb 13, 2017 05:48pm

Why is a court involved in this. This has to be a personal decision. People who do not like it should not celebrate it but people who want to celebrate it should not be stopped ...........

ABDUL MUQTADIR Feb 13, 2017 05:53pm

@Faisal I like your comment. This one make a great sense., Thanks.

fahd Feb 13, 2017 05:55pm

love and respect for IHC

Citizen Feb 13, 2017 05:56pm

Might as well give up holidays on sunday, New Years holiday, banking, air travel and other things invented by the west also including digital media and surely the internet. This concerned citizen should think about improving society rather than imposing his outdated and medival views on 22nd century Pakistan

Ouzzy Feb 13, 2017 05:58pm

@Aamir look at what valentine orignally started from. You will be suprised and will think twice before celebrating it. Also its against islamic culture.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 13, 2017 06:01pm

@Fawzia H we in Pakistan are still living in stone age period, whereas the youths of elites class are living abroad enjoying valentine's day.

Ranjit Haripur Feb 13, 2017 06:07pm

Valentine's day is just a celebration of love. It has no connection with any religion. Anyway happy valentine's day to all my friends.

Aamir Feb 13, 2017 06:09pm

@Gerry D again, that's very old news!

ghazi Feb 13, 2017 06:20pm

We as a nation should embrace different cultures rather than looking through old-school and conservative eyes. Diversity is an essence of the society

Alba Feb 13, 2017 06:21pm

Stamp out Love and maintain Hate. Isn't that more than a bit twisted?

Saleem Feb 13, 2017 06:34pm

@Adonis agreed

Nazeer Khan Feb 13, 2017 06:57pm

Thanks to IHC for such a wonderful decision of a popular demand.

Arun Feb 13, 2017 06:58pm

Court's decision is good for society.

zaheer Jafri Feb 13, 2017 07:00pm

Great job IHC.

AKB Feb 13, 2017 07:05pm

Good decision by IHC. We don,t have to compromise on our traditions, social values and Islamic teachings. Those fond of celebration of Valentine's Day may observe HAYA Day.

Aam aadmi Feb 13, 2017 07:05pm

the petitioner should have filed a petition on apathy of government towards hunger low wages scarcity of water power and gas on behalf of general public instead filing a non issue problem thanks.

Ashutosh Feb 13, 2017 07:12pm

Good decision..

MANZOOR Feb 13, 2017 07:20pm

Living in 21 'st century, enjoying it's all other technological cultures you can not stop just one window of expression of young generations.I suspect this kind of closeness will confuse them more...Rather find ways to minimize unruly behavior and let them express and let them know.

Kashif Chohan Feb 13, 2017 07:19pm

Why as a nation there is more support for hate than love?

my Comments Feb 13, 2017 07:42pm

Very good decision.

Cyrus Feb 13, 2017 07:47pm

Heartfelt condolences

majid Feb 13, 2017 07:48pm

A probable economic activity killed

Khan USA Feb 13, 2017 07:50pm

Muslims in America do not celebrate Valentine's Day while Muslims in Pakistan celebrate Valentine's Day ! A moment to think ! Where are we heading to ?

Imran Feb 13, 2017 07:47pm

People are talking about culture and tradition, also talking about west. Guys you are using cars, missile etc which was developed by west then why you are using.

majid Feb 13, 2017 07:50pm

Experts believe and assert that things like Valentine's are non issues, yes they are right

k p rao chennai Feb 13, 2017 07:52pm

Good job. Valentine's day is nor our culture.

Manjeet Feb 13, 2017 07:57pm

Path to progress !!!!!!! Weldone

edward Feb 13, 2017 07:55pm

@muhammad usman khan not surprising that your knowledge of other religions is quite limited in a fanatic country like the civilized world there is tolerance for different beliefs and diversity is celebrated...apparently in Pakistan there is no freedom of religion and the Islamic bigots think they are the only religion in the world..Ignorance and intolerance are the result of so many uneducated hard line fanatics in your country...

Life Feb 13, 2017 07:57pm

Guys! Culture is not something which you can preserve. Culture is always exposed to the surrounding and is affected each passing day. The "Not at all" of yesterday becomes norm of today. This is the evolution of societies and nobody is ever so powerful to reverse the course of evolution. Let intellectuals discuss this so called socio-religious issue and let audience decide what is good and bad for them. That's the only way out.

Mustafa R. Feb 13, 2017 08:01pm

Valentine's day celebrations should be treated just like any other social gathering, no more no less. Extremists from both sides of the issue must also follow the law, they can preach but can't enforce.

ABDUL MUQTADIR Feb 13, 2017 08:07pm

Did the Citizen Abdul Waheed filed petition against any Bribery case?

N_Saq Feb 13, 2017 08:06pm

There is nothing religous in Valentine's Day. It is just a way of promoting businesses, which in turn creates jobs. Remember when businesses are booming only then jobs are created and unemployment can be eliminated. In West they have come up with these days i.e. Thanks Giving, Valentine's day, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Veterans Day, New Years etc. to help out businesses. It allows creativity and anyone and everyone can benefit from it including the poor.

If Pak does not want to celebrate the same days then Pak leaders should come out with their own version to help out the businesses in the country. Mullahism will not create any jobs infact it will add to the unemployment rate and will create more misery for the youth.

Khan USA Feb 13, 2017 08:14pm

@N_Saq In America , not only Valentine's Day but Christmas is also a tool to generate business , so does it mean we should celebrate both of these events ?

SaeEds Feb 13, 2017 08:14pm

If providing respectable earning to the people and it's not harming anyone , than I see no wrong it.

Khan USA Feb 13, 2017 08:22pm

Pakistanis have learned nothing good from western countries but they are very eager to copy western culture without knowing the implications ! Why not follow the wisdom , creativity, tolerance , economic progress , civic sense and rule of law from the western countries ? Why only Valentine's Day ?

N_Saq Feb 13, 2017 08:25pm

@Khan USA You are missing the my second paragraph too.

fasih uddin Feb 13, 2017 08:28pm

Nice decision.appreciated

Nazir Feb 13, 2017 08:34pm

Fully support the IHC decision. Our youth has been corrupted by the worst of the west. Let's be proud of our own rich culture. All these various days celebrated in the west are actually marketing scams.

Khan USA Feb 13, 2017 08:38pm

I am surprised to see Pakistani Muslims supporting Valentine's Day celebrations in Pakistan !

nasr Feb 13, 2017 08:40pm

Excellent order by the court but sad to see that the voting on this page is at 55% Yes. Anyway, the nation should understand that this day is not for us and enforcing others culture and traditions is not good but harm. I have hated it then when I was living in my own country and I hate living here in western society.

nasr Feb 13, 2017 08:44pm

@Adonis If dawn would have allowed more than one likes I would have given you at least 100. Very well said. Thanks a lot.

Guest Feb 13, 2017 08:45pm

@RAHIM By celebrating Valentine day, were we moving in forward direction? If we want to follow the West, we need to follow their practices which made them developed. Does celebrating valentine day in anyway contribute towards a nation's advancement?

nasr Feb 13, 2017 08:47pm

@RAHIM It is not for the country to go in reverse direction but it is an effort to put your mind in thinking and so that you can forge in forward direction.

prateek Feb 13, 2017 08:52pm

what culture are we talking about that we are so proud of we dont even care for a beggar on the street or care for a child that is begging on the street that is our culture may it be india or pakistan then we care about valentine day. why cant we file a petition where the court should take care of homeless child on the street

Black Day Feb 13, 2017 08:56pm

No celebrations tomorrow in view of Lahore Blast and loss of lives ......

Valentines Feb 13, 2017 09:02pm

@Black Day I just voted to ban the day for whatever its supposed to mean. but i doubt 5,200 peeps voted. this would be your playing with the numbers

Valentines Feb 13, 2017 09:08pm

@N_Saq i just read it and it still means nothing..

friendly Feb 13, 2017 09:13pm

@Adonis What if people want to celebrate like that only. Will you force them to do otherwise.

gul Feb 13, 2017 09:24pm

Stupid decision by IHC.

Love Feb 13, 2017 09:24pm

Valentine, dance etc is un religious. Great decision.

Ashraf yousafzai Feb 13, 2017 09:25pm

In our islamic republic of pakistan, clebrating Valentin's day is against our islamic traditions. The IHC orders must be implimented strictly to safegaurd our islamic cultral values. Great job done by honorable judges. Congratulations.

syed Feb 13, 2017 09:39pm

Excellent, it has no reason in our society!!!

Fehmida Abdul Sattar Feb 13, 2017 09:43pm

Great verdict. I highly appreciate it. Thanks a lot IHC for being People's voice.

Hamza Feb 13, 2017 09:50pm

@Nabeel some? How about many , these people have no right to get into the private matters of people ,this is a democracy not dictatorship

ghaznavi Feb 13, 2017 09:50pm

We need to preserve our culture and traditions. Instead of following west on their hard work and professionalism , following their traditions that are in direct collision to our values is nothing but "Ape-ing" west and therefore must be discouraged. Excellent decision!

Rawalpindi Kid Feb 13, 2017 10:14pm

Good step by IHC.

Khan USA Feb 13, 2017 10:21pm

We live in US and have successfully protecting our kids from these non Islamic practices while people living in Islamic Republic of Pskistan are dying to celebrate Valentine's Day ! I am perplexed !

Zain Feb 13, 2017 11:11pm

Excellent news. What is this valentines day satire? This has nothing to do with Pakistan, Culture, or Religion.

Ibrah Feb 13, 2017 11:47pm

Yes i agree

Hashim Feb 13, 2017 11:52pm


Muhammad Hanif dar Feb 14, 2017 12:27am

I agree with this step

Rizwan shah Feb 14, 2017 12:50am

Thank you IHC.i m a muslim my culture is not supporting valentine day.

Mishahid Feb 14, 2017 12:56am

@Mahmood stupid argument ! Love and celebrating love are not estren and western things, love is a beautiful human emotion and it's expression is a globle and timeless tradition. The modern human culture which you are calling 'Western Civilizatio'n calibrates love every day, thousands beautiful people share good time and enjoy the moments of being with each other every day. And yes where there is love and lovely hearts there may be hearts breaks too; love is playing like this from centuries. The icons of alternate to modern civilization are just few countries in the world like Saudi Arabi Sudan may be Iran and some parts of Pakistan. Where millions women even don't know the man well with whom they are ging to spend whole life, many of them are helpless, choice less and some of them living a life of almost servitude. You call this love? You don't have even a remote idea of meanings of love.

Jawaid kamal Feb 14, 2017 01:00am

Glade,court has tackled the most important issue facing the country.

Ismail Feb 14, 2017 01:11am

If you think exposing girls will make our country move farward, you're wrong.

Faraz ali ansari Feb 14, 2017 01:23am

Excellent decidion. I stand with IHC. Hats off to judges.

Adil Feb 14, 2017 01:45am

The country where people are getting killed and no rule of law, the courts are worried about valentines day, cool

Ash Feb 14, 2017 01:51am

So banning valentines days will solve all problem of Pakistan..... how stupid are policy maker of this awfully conservative country!!

Raja Islam Feb 14, 2017 01:57am

@Nadeem Why should the government get involved in social matters, especially since there are much bigger problems like terrorism, crime, corruption, lack of clean drinking water, etc. that the government should be concerned about.

zee Feb 14, 2017 01:56am

@muhammad usman khan I will explain to you why it is very simple. I do mot celebrate valentines nor do I celebrate holi christmas or vaishakhi but I or you do not have the right to impose our views belefs on others. If you dont want yo celebrate dont but do not stop others that want to rightly or wrongly simple

CHango Feb 14, 2017 02:30am

@muhammad usman khan ! Neither are New Year's Day or birthday celebrations. Ban the lot.

Mar Thoma Feb 14, 2017 03:10am

Pakistani society may take some decades to become open to "new" celebrations like this...mainly promoted to increase business among youth.

Can court ban E-Card greetings ?

Moby Feb 14, 2017 03:10am

Has the West banned any days?

Saad Feb 14, 2017 03:42am

Brilliant step by IHC, Say no to so called Valentines Day.

mumtaz Ahmed Feb 14, 2017 04:02am

What is the harm if someone wishes to offer flowers, perfume, chocolates or just a few good wishes to his or her spouse on 14th February, which according to some is a Valentines Day. Is it Christmas, is it Easter or any other Christian festival, that we are involved in? Even if it is a Christian festivity, what's wrong with that, as long as nudity, vulgarity or any other negative thing is not invoved.

AHA Feb 14, 2017 04:03am

Love is in the air and no one can ban it.

AG Feb 14, 2017 04:47am

High court has nothing better to do ? I am pretty sure Pakistan faces a lot more critical issues than Valentine's day.

Ramesh dembla Feb 14, 2017 05:20am

Why we step in on everything. Does new year on 1st January is Islamic? People will celebrate in their homes. Concentrate on real issues like poverty healthcare and education. We are expert in diverting public attention from real issues. We always compare us with India. See that country is who much progressed despite our best effort to bog her down.

Fawad Feb 14, 2017 05:41am

@I am Malala irrelevant answer of the topic

3D PerspEctive Feb 14, 2017 05:45am

Islam preaches for love between the husband & wife or ( wives) and in Pakistan Valentine Day is mostly celebrated by married couples. I failed to understand what IHC meant to issue orders against.OK if you disallow at public places,people can celebrate it at home.No big deal.

MOin Ali Feb 14, 2017 06:04am

Expressing love to your wife ,fiancée,mother,sister n grandmother is a good way of celebrating Valentine and all those people who oppose it get off your gutter mind

sailini Feb 14, 2017 06:32am

So the Court will decide what to do, when to celebrate and when not to! This is freedom of expression, it does not hurt anyone and the young people have the right to enjoy.

Iztraab Feb 14, 2017 06:55am

Good job.

Horus Feb 14, 2017 06:55am

Happy Valentine's Day to all Pakistanis

Fizza Rashid Feb 14, 2017 07:22am

Way to go IHC!!! Proud of you :)

imran Feb 14, 2017 07:27am

Good decission

sikander Feb 14, 2017 07:33am

Foreign culture is just excuse we even ban local culture of Basant, we just don,t like happiness of any kind. Also show the judge,s mindset I hope no love marriage case come in his court. Mr. Khan at least you have choice of celebrate or not in US, in Pakistan no body have any choice to celebrate if they want.

sikander Feb 14, 2017 07:41am

People who called it,s ban because of imported culture, use all other imported goods like computers, cell phones, cars, TV's, perfumes, face book, whats app etc.

Annoyed Feb 14, 2017 07:49am

@ishrat salim how about the best Western value of all. Live and let live. That is the basis of their success as a just society.

AKSHAY Feb 14, 2017 07:56am

How many serious cases are pending in courts ? And you are wasting your time on such non sense, and the decision itself, really ?

Umme umamah Feb 14, 2017 07:59am

Way to go ihc

Mohtashim Feb 14, 2017 09:27am

@azmat shah nicely said (y)

qaseem tahera Feb 14, 2017 10:05am

Good step banned

sadafshoaib Feb 14, 2017 10:59am

say no to valentine's day

Tariq bHUTTA Feb 14, 2017 11:06am

Thanks LHC:)

Tariq bHUTTA Feb 14, 2017 11:10am

Thanks LHC:)

Tariq bHUTTA Feb 14, 2017 11:11am

Good decission

Bushra javaid mir Feb 14, 2017 11:41am

Yes it must be banned

mominah furqan Feb 14, 2017 11:47am

i support the order passed by supreme court..excellent step after a long time.

Dil Feb 14, 2017 12:00pm

Assalam o alikum Mashallah Stay with it. Ameen summa ameen

dania Feb 14, 2017 12:51pm

that's great

dania Feb 14, 2017 12:49pm

that's great

TRUMPOFINDIA Feb 14, 2017 01:13pm

Is it banned in China and SA? Feb 14, 2017 01:28pm

@Faisal What if the civil society fail to fulfill its moral duty and let the children wandering unethically

Jawad Khaliq Feb 14, 2017 01:31pm

@RAHIM any logica for this Illogical statement.

Afshan Shakir Feb 14, 2017 01:44pm

Yes valentine shouldn't be allowed

Afshan Shakir Feb 14, 2017 01:48pm

Yes it shouldn't be part of our culture

Afshan Shakir Feb 14, 2017 01:48pm


Babar Khan Javed Feb 14, 2017 01:53pm

The Law and Order organizations focusing on the right things. Let the country burn.

Muhammad Shoaib Feb 14, 2017 02:07pm

Voting must be categorized by publicly. Remarks of sufis, molvis, awamun naas.

Waqar ul Abdeen Feb 14, 2017 02:16pm

This is really a good step by HC Islamabad

Mubashir Iqbal Ahmed Feb 14, 2017 02:18pm

Yes I accept Islamabad high Court decision. Brilliant decision. Mubashir Iqbal Ahmed.

Mubashir Iqbal Ahmed Feb 14, 2017 02:22pm

Yes... I accept Islamabad high Court decision.

Ali Aslam Feb 14, 2017 02:26pm

Islamabad High Court is brilliant step.

Ali Aslam Feb 14, 2017 02:27pm

Islamabad high Court Brilliant step

Shahzad aslam Feb 14, 2017 02:40pm

Well done.....

AQ Feb 14, 2017 03:37pm

@Mahmood True, you sir are Educated well,

AQ Feb 14, 2017 03:36pm

@skumar how unthoughtful, this kind of love achieved nothing, just stories.

AQ Feb 14, 2017 03:37pm

@MOin Ali You get off by loving one specific day.

Anila Majeed Feb 14, 2017 04:00pm

Its a good decision.

ArEej Feb 14, 2017 04:23pm

I think to show your life to your life partner you dont need only one day in a year, it should be every day ! So therefore we dont need Valentine's Day at all .

Nazli Feb 14, 2017 04:39pm

@Faisal one voice of sanity. Kudos

Nazli Feb 14, 2017 04:43pm

@muhammad usman khan It is in the riverse direction, not because its against valentine celebration, but because the courts job is to rule on pressing matters, not on what people celebrate. Rule against the criminals who are killing, robbing, kidnapping, cheating. It is up to the parents to give a code of morality to their children.

Najam Feb 14, 2017 04:48pm

Very good step

Umair Feb 14, 2017 04:49pm

Agree on IHC decision

Nazli Feb 14, 2017 05:03pm

@ABE the point is let people love their spouses the way they want in the years to come.

Futurewizard Feb 14, 2017 05:44pm

Use of mobile phone to guns bus road are also against tribal Islamic tradition. Can we please ban those too?

Zahoor ahmed Feb 14, 2017 05:46pm

Yes I am in agree of HC of islamabad

Khalid haider Feb 14, 2017 06:07pm

Very good....

Khalid haider Feb 14, 2017 06:08pm

Very good,,

waqas Feb 14, 2017 06:08pm

v.good and excellent ihc. because velntine is not a part of islam and our calture. so this is good idea to banned in pakistan and on media channels

Ammu Feb 14, 2017 06:12pm

great work!!!!

Ammu Feb 14, 2017 06:15pm


politically Incorrect Feb 14, 2017 06:29pm

So we have no issues in taking aid from the West, but are against Valentines day?

Muhammad javed Feb 14, 2017 06:42pm

Yes very very nice .my life all yes

natsikap nabilat Feb 14, 2017 07:14pm

@Nabeel :total agree let us ban disagree

Aqib Ali Feb 14, 2017 07:14pm

Great step !! This should be been done alot before

Amna Feb 14, 2017 07:21pm

@AW if Valentine makes u happy then u can move to western countries cuz this is not a part of our religion or culture

Imran Feb 14, 2017 07:38pm

@Skeptic well said

Khanm Feb 14, 2017 07:46pm

@Love the one they show on TV and during wedding ceremonies are they Islamic

Ahsan Ali Feb 14, 2017 08:35pm

It was the good step .

Kamran Feb 14, 2017 09:27pm

Why do Pakistani's want to "celebrate" Valentines day anyway? It's not a Pakistani custom. It's not as if Westerners celebrate Eid or Pakistan Independence day. Most Westerners celebrate this by buying presents and taking their partners out. There is no public celebrations. Stop importing pointless customs from the West. Take the productive ideas they possess that help towards human rights, welfare of citizens, healthcare, fair elections, economic improvement etc. Not silly nonsense like Valentines day which is just a marketing opportunity.

hassan Parvez Feb 14, 2017 09:32pm

@Ahmad Feel sorry for you.

Shahid Shaikh Feb 14, 2017 09:58pm

Excellent decision taken by the court regarding valentine day.

Zahoor anwar Feb 14, 2017 10:13pm

Well done .good job by IHC

waqas Feb 14, 2017 11:12pm


jani Feb 14, 2017 11:37pm

well dicision islam don't allowed us apraciate court

Aamir Faisal Feb 14, 2017 11:45pm


mrs mustafa Feb 15, 2017 12:27am

Court do very well.

JAVERIAH ZAKIR Feb 15, 2017 01:06am

Very good step... we dont need western culture..

NASR Feb 15, 2017 01:10am

@Mishahid Criticism do not value.

Nayak Feb 15, 2017 01:14am

we ban exchanging love, but we have no problem with people sleeping on streets, urinating on streets, spitting on street, eve teasing, disobeying traffic rules, pollution, and shouting wherever we want.

pathanoo Feb 15, 2017 01:25am

Do these judges know that Valentine's Day is about Love and nothing else? It has no religious meaning or importance. It is NOT Christian, Hindu or Muslim. It is human emotion. How can any one be against Love?

Abbas khan Feb 15, 2017 02:08am

@RAHIM There is a big difference in attending cultural events like the West Politicians or celebrities do than following the footsteps of other cultures. Think about it!

Abbas khan Feb 15, 2017 02:09am

@akram You are way off in justifying Valentine day!

Abbas khan Feb 15, 2017 02:08am

@ishrat salim Right on!!!

Ashraf Feb 15, 2017 02:22am

This will keep misguided people in control. Great move.

shair khan Feb 15, 2017 09:04am

Pakistan Supreme Court has nothing else better to do?

Jehan Zeb Mir, M.D., USA Feb 15, 2017 11:44am

Valentines Day is not a Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or Hindu tradition. There is nothing to be afraid of. It is just an excuse to do little business and make some money which would only help local economies. This may bring some joy in people's lives. What's wrong with that Regarding any promiscuity,that goes on all the time regardless whether it is Valentine's day or not.

Parvez Feb 15, 2017 11:55am

We need to fire this justice of IHC.

Rehana Feb 15, 2017 12:50pm

Yes! its a right decision.

Pak lota Feb 15, 2017 01:36pm

Comments are still open after 319 messages. Vow. So popular among readers.

shaikh faizanuddin siddiqui Feb 15, 2017 04:15pm

Court and other responsible institutions took important step to remove ill-social ethics. I appreciate, specially Abdul Waheed who contribute his effort in this matter. We should do so.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 15, 2017 04:18pm

@shair khan you are right!!!

Khan Feb 16, 2017 12:56am

What a backward decision. Let people do what they want. They're not hurting anyone.

Sincerly Feb 16, 2017 02:26am

Happy Valentine's Day Pakistan !!

Imran Altaf Feb 16, 2017 02:40am

Lets have an anti corruption day and stop wasting time on stuff like this.

Kip KM Feb 16, 2017 05:21am

@AW In all civil societies, yes the government has to play a role of big brother protecting morality, or else you'll soon have demands of wishing to walk round naked, as an expression of "liberties". There should some lines drawn, this happens to be one, where when given the privilege, people go crazy stretching the truth to become obscene. Here in the US, most follow Valentine in mediocrity, unlike the recent craze in Pakistan

illawarrior Feb 16, 2017 08:31am

Things like this should be left to accept or reject at a personal level - it is not something for the courts. As for rejecting it because it is "western" and not part of Pakistani culture - what a load of nonsense. Culture changes and evolves over time. Are mobile phones, computers, television, planes, cars etc part of Pakistan's culture? They didn't use to be, but they certainly are now!

Imran Feb 16, 2017 08:43am

Wonderful job. Let's spend our precious resources cracking down on Valentine's Day instead of cracking down on terrorists and corruption. This is truly the way to ensure Pakistan's progress and prosperity. Well done.

Ek Chingari Feb 16, 2017 09:07am

Being Pakistanis it's in our culture and nature to intervene in each other's business, you like it not.

We cannot see any body being happy or flourish. Whether courts or individuals.

concerned Feb 16, 2017 10:07am

So the courts are against celebrating Love. unbelievable. What a pitty.

Sane Feb 16, 2017 10:26am

@ABE spot on

Obaid Khan Feb 16, 2017 11:17am


Like there aren't numerous other things Pakistan needs to work on but pass a ridiculous law banning Valentine's Day. Pakistan needs to get its priorities straight!!!! No wonder it's a mess!

Samad Chaudhry London Feb 16, 2017 12:14pm

Childish act To ban simple love exchanges in days of hate, murders, evil outbursts What harm could a love message do?

Umar iftIkhar Feb 16, 2017 01:01pm

It should not only be in Islamabad. It should be in whole Pakistan or maybe the whole world. If not non-Muslim countries, at least in Muslim countries!

Ravi vanvouver Feb 16, 2017 01:04pm

@Rehana Seriously, banning Valentine's Day celebration is given so much importance, problems of corruption, terrorism, religious hatred, sectarian hatred are ignored by honourable why not ban these too.

Dr. K. SABOOR Feb 16, 2017 02:24pm

Excellent decision taken by IHC. The population most affected are the teens who are supposed to give time to their studies alongwith postive physical activaties like sports, competitions etc. But this event diverts them from all good stuff to getting the opposite sex somehow attracted towards them and promotes vulgarity among them. As for the valentines sales, there can be alit more events to commercialise like Yaum e takbeer- the day we became an atomic power or Quad e Azam day. We dont need vulgarity to boost our sales

khanman Feb 16, 2017 02:21pm

culture is culture after all and we should respect our culture, and our culture is the Islamic Culture which gives us lesson of HAYA, Court decision is excellent.

atif khan Feb 16, 2017 02:27pm

No offence ..but its really funny to see people driving cars with red heart shaped pillow next to the rear wind shield :) i literally 1 dont get them, May be they think they looking very cool by putting those pillows :)

Johnson Feb 16, 2017 06:01pm

I am from India living in UK. I never celebrated valentine's day.But I think it is for the civil society to decide.Courts should not spend time on these trivial matters.I also think it is very difficult to enforce a ban on celebrations if someone decide to celebrate .