Pakistan is the latest Muslim country to ban a holiday as a threat to Islam. In this case, it is not Christmas but Valentine’s Day. The Interior Ministry has proclaimed that the harmless holiday is now deemed an “insult” to Islam and banned by order of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan (right). Khan is one of the leading and most senior members of Pakistan Muslim League.
While hardline Jamaat-e-Islam supporters have historically denounced Valentine’s Day, this is the first time that the Pakistani government has yielded to such sectarian nonsense.
Strangely, however, a Muslim league politicians presented a flower as a sign of love for Valentine’s Day, so not everyone thinks that Islam is so fragile that it cannot tolerate people celebrating such holidays.