Valentine's Day sparks celebrations, protests in Pakistan

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  1. Ash

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    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Some Pakistanis celebrated Valentine's Day on Wednesday with balloons and flowers, but others denounced the holiday as an insult to Islam.

    In the port city of Karachi, home to 18 million people, billboards decorated with a black heart urged citizens to "SAY NO TO VALENTINE'S DAY".

    "This tradition reflects insensitivity, indignity and ignorance of Islam," the signs read. They were put up by a group affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious political party that holds six of 342 legislative seats.

    Secular parties dominate Pakistani politics and are likely to win the vast majority of votes in elections due this year, but religious parties often wield political influence through street demonstrations.

    "Valentine's is against Islamic culture. In our view, relationships are sacred. We have arranged marriages in this culture and people don't get married for love," said Syed Askari, a spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami. "This is imposing Western values and cultures on an Islamic society.

    "Look at the West - people love their dogs but throw their parents out when they get old. We don't want to be like that."

    In the north-western city of Peshawar, a handful of people burnt Valentine's Day cards in front of television cameras on Monday. Women wearing black robes held signs denouncing the tradition.

    The state broadcasting regulator, PEMRA, urged broadcasters to "respect viewers' sentiments".

    "PEMRA has been receiving complaints from a large segment of society that Valentine's Day celebrations are not in conformity with our religious and cultural ethos and has, therefore, condemned its unequivocal propagation through media," the statement said.

    But in the capital of Islamabad, hawkers selling heart-shaped balloons staked out street corners and florists were doing a brisk trade.

    "Valentine's Day is good for business," said a grinning Mohammed Ajmar as he handed a customer a huge heart made of red roses and glitter.

    "I'm happy with Valentine's Day. The city if full of flowers and it looks nice," said 21-year-old student Faateh Khan, who was buying roses for his mother. "Those people are just a minority of extremists acting up for the media," he said of those making complaints.

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    " Secular parties dominate Pakistani politics and are likely to win the vast majority of votes in elections due this year, but religious parties often wield political influence through street demonstrations."


    :rofl: :troll:
     
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    yeah they like gay day...............
     
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    Here its Bhartiya Sanskriti and in Pakistan its "Islamic Culture" which disapproves Valentine-Day :D

    Send Pink chaddies to all these Maulanas and Radicals.

    btw HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY :party: :kiss:
     
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    Ash Regular Member

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    Didn't the RSS , some years ago, damage goods being sold by merchants, saying something about Valentines being a product of western values!
     
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    Nothing against love. Celebrate love, why one day, but 365 days. No debate about that.

    But if you google a bit about Saint Valentine, you'd know that he did something which doesn't deserve any support or encouragement.
     
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    Do you mean this

    "He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time," Father O'Gara explains. " He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died
     
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    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

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    Yes, but you missed the trailing part.
    He was also instrumental in trying to stamp out conscription at a time when the Empire was under attack from invaders.
    Ultimately he was captured and fell in love with the jailer's young daughter. He being a priest, couldn't even stay true to his own religion. And people make vows of love in a day supposedly dedicated to him. Highly absurd.
    Furthermore, one would agree that saving the country if need be, by conscription is infinitely more important than trying to strike up a match for mere carnal pleasures. Right? Can you imagine what would have happened if a Gandhi or a Bhagat Singh or Netaji spent their youth chasing girls and celebrating days like "Valentine's Day"? Once again, nothing against love. Just against this blatant aping.
     
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    Pakis CONDOM attack on valentine:taunt1::taunt1:
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    so they harassed the youth specially the girls also.?like in India?calling their parents?

    Or nothing such as done and was more of an peaceful protest
     

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