President urges nation not to observe Valentine’s Day

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Published: February 13, 2016
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President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday urged the nation not to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“Valentine’s Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided,” the president said while speaking at an event to honour the services of Pakistan Movement leader Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar on his death anniversary.

Saying the day was not a part of Muslim tradition but of the West, Mamnoon said we must maintain our religious and national identity.

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Referring to the education system, President Mamnoon said there was a need to formulate the educational curriculum of Pakistan, according to the requirements of the modern age and ideology of the country.

“Work in this regard is underway and soon, a new curriculum with the consensus of all stakeholders will be implemented,” he added.

“Students should go abroad to attain higher education, but should not be influenced by the West and must maintain their religious and national identity,” he said.

He said Pakistanis could achieve progress, while also earning a distinguished status if they adopt the thoughts and philosophy of the country’s great leaders.

The president stressed it was the need of the hour to work towards achieving the vision of our leaders though unity and hard work, which would make a mark at international level.

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“We could not derive full advantage of our strategic geographical location in the past, but now the government is endeavoring to take Pakistan to newer heights of prosperity through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and development of Gwadar port,” President Mamnoon said.

Paying tribune to national heroes and recalling the efforts of Sardar Nishtar, which helped overcome several challenges after the creation of Pakistan, the president said, “We need to emulate the principles and self-belief of our founding fathers to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous country.”

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“Pakistan came into being because of selfless struggle waged by Sardar Abdur Rab and others under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam,” he said.

Announcing his decision, the president said that ceremonies would be organised at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to nourish the ideology of Pakistan and strengthen the national identity.

Reader Comments (27)

  • Sceptic
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:59AM

    Now I know why the President is not given many opportunities to speak.

    It is not a president’s job to tell people how to live their lives. Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:06PM

    For us is Fine But I Guess Christain and Other Related Community can celebrate If I”m not wrong?Recommend

  • Madhusudan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:09PM

    Sadar-e-pakistan says not to celebarate v day. Lol to democracy in pakistan.Recommend

  • Wisdom Chambers
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:18PM

    @Sceptic:
    So its the job of likes of you to tell the people how to live their lives.

    Though I am not a fan of president myself but its the words that should be given importance instead of who is saying it.Recommend

  • XY
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:54PM

    So a suit and a tie is part of our culture but valentine day ins’t? Recommend

  • Dr Ashraf Khan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 1:01PM

    Mr. Honorable President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, please stay away from this debate. This is purely secular celebration in most countries of world. Don’t look deeper into it, just let people have some fun and let many other make living on this day by selling goodies related to VD.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 13, 2016 - 1:26PM

    I urge all Pakistanis not to take President Mamnoon seriously

    I for one have had it up to here with our supposedly ideology!

    We were a more fair, equitable, honest , humane and internationally respected country when we had no “ideology”.

    However, I do urge all Pakistanis to celebrate his right to freedom of expressionRecommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 1:43PM

    He’s just trying to win right wing votes. I doubt this president knows the basics of islam.Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 1:44PM

    I should add, this president should condemn the oppression of women and non muslims istead of going out of his way to condemn a day that no one really celebrates. I live here in Canada, no one celebrates valentines day. Some people go out to dinners or movies with their spouses, but thats about it.Recommend

  • Abdul Qayyum
    Feb 13, 2016 - 1:51PM

    Mr. President, Is co-education match with our culture, religious & national identity? please also speak about it? Recommend

  • Nkhan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 2:04PM

    Mr president… its call jealousy nothing else….i hope you will find someone by next valentine Recommend

  • aran
    Feb 13, 2016 - 2:33PM

    what a muppet
    has he not got serious problems to worry about in Pakistan than Valentines day.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:03PM

    Is it wrong to celebrate foreign cultures?

    Is it wrong that New York schools are given a holiday on Eid?Recommend

  • pk
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:15PM

    This is open racism. There no difference between Madarasa graduate and president.Recommend

  • gravity saves
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:24PM

    hey fascists! Get all ready, to spring upon the soft spoken, rarely seen, president. Dont just let him has his opinion.Recommend

  • Aisha
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:37PM

    No statement shold be issued on Valentines. If we are to understand that this could anger the West (whom we take interest based loans from through IMF to sell our country…) If we speak in favor, we anger religious radicals. Best is to remain silent. Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:40PM

    Perhaps I have it wrong, but I think Valentines day, although not important, is a fun day for lovers between the ages of 18 to 99. However, it is up to the President if he wishes to be miserable. Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Feb 13, 2016 - 6:03PM

    who told him that there is a day called valentine day? Recommend

  • hamza
    Feb 13, 2016 - 6:54PM

    President its not your job to tell whole nation what is right and wrong for them.Recommend

  • Quresh
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:47PM

    V-day is not Islamic and how about Half naked Fashion show, making movies and inequality. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:31PM

    Doesn’t he have anything better to do…..like something PRESIDENTIAL ??!Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:59PM

    Religious extremism doesn’t thrive in Pakistan without support from the top. It’s a shame that the President of Pakistan says I can’t buy flowers for my wife on Valentine’s day – he can stick that advice where the sun don’t shine.Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:20PM

    Mr. President with your reasoning the West should ban Muslims from entering their territories, just to preserve their identity. Sounds like Donald Trump. Recommend

  • Marl Brando
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:40AM

    How nice. Maybe in his next statement, the honourable President can urge the nation not to give into religious extremism, practice tolerance, and send their daughters to school.Recommend

  • [email protected]
    Feb 14, 2016 - 1:06AM

    Can someone ask this man to shut up and not be a dictator to our moral values…can he ask the religious bigots to shut up?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 14, 2016 - 1:39AM

    Mr. President: you asked the nation to work hard achieving the vision of our leaders. Please explain the vision and who are leaders. Their wealth is outside Pakistan and here they are busy in Orange Yellow Metros etc. MR President you should have declared a day to help poor orphan students, a day for hungry masses a day for health care. Mr President VD is celebrated by 1% wealthy and spoiled children of our corrupt rulers. May God give you real Islamic vision and understand IslamRecommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Feb 14, 2016 - 3:19AM

    What is your problem in Mr. President? Can’t you live your life and concentrate on nation’s pressing problems and let others live their lives (so long as they are not obstructing others’ freedom)? When will we stop poking our noses in others affairs? Why do we always have to be unhappy and angry when we see others happy?Recommend

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