PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Kohat district has imposed ban on any celebration related to Valentine’s Day, notification issued by the Head (Nazim) of Kohat District government.
Maulana Niaz Mohammad Nazim from Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) has banned sale of Valentine’s Day cards and gifts.
The notification further said that strict action will be taken against the violators.
The notification was sent to District Police Officer (DPO) Kohat to enforce the directive by asking subordinate.
Peshawar District Assembly on Friday passed the resolution against Valentine’s Day, however no notification is issued by Peshawar Nazim to ban the Valentine’s Day activities.
As thoug Kohat was the hub of the Valentines day celebration and has the largest fireworks with dating points. Duh pic.twitter.com/VO9bnMS782
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Earlier, on Thursday, reports were doing rounds on social and electronic media that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had directed the Islamabad Capital Administration (ICT) to stop any activity related to Valentine Day.
Contrary to the reports, Islamabad Capital Administration (ICT) officials confirmed that they have not received any orders regarding Valentine Day, Express Tribune reported.
“I’m surprised why electronic media are airing such baseless news,” Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhstaq Ahmed told.
“The minister called a meeting to review the law and order situation of the capital, and it was attended by officials of the administration and police.”
“The minister did not pass any directions particularly to ban the Valentine’s Day celebrations,”
On February 14, Valentine Day name on a Christian saint being celebrated around the world, on the day people gives gifts and cards to their beloved ones.
In Pakistan from Past many years, there is debate that whether this day should be celebrated in Pakistan or not .
Many Islamic parties specially Jamat-e-Islami (JI) has a strong stand against the day, declared it a anti-Islamic tradition.