The Islamabad High Court lifted the ban on the celebrating Valentine’s Day. A single bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani set aside the ban on the event that was imposed last year.
Last year the top court’s single bench constituting Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued a stay order, banning Valentine’s Day celebrations across the country. Court directives prohibited celebrating the event (which falls on 14th of February) in public spaces and government offices.
All television channels were also forbidden from airing Valentine-themed content.
Appeal Against Valentine’s Day Ban Heard
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani heard an appeal filed by Abdul Waheed pertaining to the Valentine’s Day ban.
The appellant and representatives of the information ministry, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) appeared before the IHC to argue the case.
After hearing the arguments Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani decided to set aside the Valentine Day ban imposed last year.
The only catch is that folks have to wait a whole year to celebrate the commercial holiday.
It should be mentioned that the petitioner who sought to ban the holiday argued that it was against Islamic teachings and traditions.