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How Valentines celebrate in Pakistan

Sat, Feb 13, 2016, 03:49 PM
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. How is it celebrated in the Indian Sub-Continent?

In Pakistan, Valentine's Day is celebrated in closed doors in urban areas. Valentine's day is usually observed by a limited number of people in major urban centres at enclosed places due to fear of attacks by Islamists. In the past, several such gatherings have been targeted and disrupted by activists of religious parties.

Capital Islamabad's Maulana Niaz Muhammad said: "There is no need to designate a special day where people give cards, chocolates and gifts to each other. Valentine's Day has become a common and unnecessary part of our culture."

The celebration on February 14 has often been criticised by Islamists as an "insult" to Islam.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has asked his countrymen to avoid observing Valentine's Day, saying the western tradition is not part of `our culture'.

Peshawar and Kohat districts have banned the celebration.

In India, Valentine's Day is widely celebrated, despite some parties working against the lovers' event. However, a threat of marrying off couples publicly getting close on Valentine's Day acted as a deterrent against public display in the past.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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