Police ordered to confiscate Valentine's Day related material

Pakistani newspaper Dawn has reported that the Islamabad High Court has prohibited Valentine's Day in the country "with immediate effect". The order also directs the media not to promote or cover Valentine's events. It may be mentioned here that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Ministry of Information Technology, PEMRA, PTA and the Chief Commissioner had been nominated as respondents in the case.

Activists of religious parties have often tried to discourage people from celebrating the day with the president urging the nation previous year to refrain from celebrating the day.

The Middle Eastern country's main religion is Islam, and the practices behind the faith differ greatly from the teachings behind Valentine's Day. The petition said the celebration was being to spread "immorality, nudity and indecency ... which is against our rich traditions and values". The court has also reportedly asked the Television channels to stop special transmission related to the day. Several cities across Muslim-majority Indonesia, meanwhile, banned people from celebrating the day.

Pakistan trails the us and Europe in observing the holiday celebrating the life of the third-century Roman Saint Valentine, which built off the pagan fertility holiday of Lupercalia.

There's no love lost for Valentine's Day in Islamabad.

Some in Pakistan have already met the new ban with criticism, protesting the ban of a day they say recognizes and celebrates love. In 2013, the religious police issued a fatwah banning the color red on the holiday.

Flower salesman Mohammad Naveed said he invested nearly $2,000 on supplies for Valentine's Day arrangements.

The petition had further called for a ban on the celebration of Valentine's Day in public places.