A Pakistani court banned public and online celebration of Valentine’s Day nationwide on Monday. The move came after private citizen Abdul Waheed filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court, calling the holiday un-Islamic.
Valentine’s Day has become a source of contention in Pakistan in recent years. Although it is popular on social media and used for promotions, many among the country’s conservative religious community have criticized the new holiday as too Western, also pointing out that is a Christian saint’s day.
Indeed, some fanatics have even taken to physically intimidating young people they saw publically honoring the day.