Protesters denounce Valentine’s Day celebration in Pakistan
By Sadaf Shinwari - Wed Feb 13 2013, 11:24 am
The protesters urged for a “day of modesty” instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day which they believe is an un-Islamic act.
The demonstration was organized by Pakistan’s main religious party — Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and was attended by hundreds of students outside the press club in the northwestern city of Peshawar, chanting slogans against Valentine’s Day, saying it had “spread immodesty in the world”.
The younger generation of Pakistan is celebrating Valentines’s Day which is increasingly getting popular in this country. Many of the younger Pakistanis are marking the Valentine’s Day by giving cards, chocolates and gifts to their sweethearts to celebrate the occasion.
However Pakistan is an Islamic country with a conservative society where many Pakistanis disapprove and call it an import of Western tradition.
But the protesters on Tuesday said the tradition encourages the younger and unmarried men and women to live together in sin and urged that February 14 should be marked a “day of modesty” by carrying banners.
Shahzad Ahmed, the local head of the student organisation said, “We will not allow holding of any Valentine’s Day function.”
He said, “The law enforcing agencies must prevent such gatherings, otherwise we will stop in our own way.”