Must be nice to be in a country that has so few problems that lawmakers have time to sit around and process requests to have Valentine’s Day banned. Hard to believe? Well, it actually happened in Pakistan!
On Monday, a Pakistan court took aim at lovers across their nation by banning Valentine’s Day celebrations “with immediate effect” because, you know, what the world needs right now is fewer people expressing love for one another.
How did this happen?
A concerned citizen submitted a petition to the Islamabad High Court claiming that participating in Valentine’s Day goes against Muslim traditions and that the court should take immediate action. As a result, people have been told that they cannot even mention it on social media. That’s so crazy!
Still, there are many, many laws that get passed that people ignore. No one’s going to actually be scouring Facebook for signs of disobedience, right? WRONG!
Apparently, the chief commissioner of Islamabad along with the Ministry of Information, and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), have been tasked with ensuring that no one dare to share a pink heart or cupid emoji.
Of course, Pakistan has tried to shoot down Valentine’s Day before and it hasn’t worked. Just last year, President Mamnoon Hussain asked citizens not to participate in the annual festivities, claiming that it had no connection to their culture.
For what it’s worth, Pakistan is among the most tolerant Muslim nations when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Considered a “Western celebration” aimed at promoting sex, alcohol, and drug abuse, it is banned in Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia too.
So, if you feel sorry for yourself because you didn’t get a big enough card or the good quality chocolate this year, remember that some people can’t even get a Valentine’s Day text without fear of breaking the law!
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