On one hand, we are planning to celebrate tomorrow i.e. the Valentine’s Day, the official day to profess love (on rest of the days you can drive each other crazy) with much fervour; our neighbour Pakistan seems to have other plans in mind. The Islamabad high court has put a ban on the celebration of Valentine’s Day across the country and people can’t even promote anything related on the social media. This ban comes in the wake of a petition submitted by a certain Abdul Waheed, arguing that the Valentine’s Day celebration was un-Islamic. Or, maybe the citizens were scared that their beloved Taher Shah might take this opportunity to release a love song that will surpass ‘Eye-to-Eye’ or ‘Angel’ and scar the hearing abilities of people forever.
Well, jokes apart, the petitioner argued that Valentine’s Day was not a part of the Muslim culture and its promotion should be banned and this plea was not only accepted by the court but also ordered the administration to take necessary action to stop such celebrations in the country. According to the reports, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Ministry of Information and the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad were nominated to ensure that this ban gets implemented properly. What’s more, print and electronic media too are warned to stop the promotions ASAP as well.
Well, Valentine’s Day has always been controversy’s favourite muse in Pakistan and every year several religious parties take it on their shoulders to give youngsters a piece of their mind, but a high court passing such an order is definitely the first one. While we talk about Pakistan banning celebrations, India isn’t far behind and like every year, tomorrow too will witness a lot of drama that all singles will enjoy with a bucket of popcorn in their hands. On a lighter note, we do miss Taher Shah’s melodious voice and hope that he destroys our ears with his sass soon.