Kohat district nazim's attempt to ban Valentine’s Day backfires

Published: February 12, 2016


KOHAT: Kohat district nazim Maulana Niaz Mohammad imposed a ban on the celebration of Valentine’s Day in the district. However, the order was subsequently discarded as it was perceived as a violation of human rights.

When contacted, the district nazim told The Express Tribune on Friday said he decided to announce the ban because festivities associated with February 14 are “illegal”.

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“Valentine’s Day has become a common and unnecessary part of our culture,” Niaz said. “There is no need to designate a special day where people give cards, chocolates and gifts to each other.”


The ban was not widely accepted and was discarded as it drew the ire of locals.

A high-ranking police official told The Express Tribune, “The order has been discarded as it is illegal and violates basic human rights.”

The official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the Constitution does not prohibit citizens from celebrating Valentine’s Day.

“As a result, it would be unfair to ban February 14 celebration as they are not illegal.”

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  • Mian Majid
    Feb 12, 2016 - 6:08PM

    This is not human rights… most the people shouting for human rights do not know anything about human rights, yes that is true because those people do not have Islamic information about human rights…
    Islam teaches us to like for others whatever you like for yourself and dislike for others whatever you dislike for yourself.
    So if any person dislikes his sister’s relations with any boy he should respect sisters of others.Recommend

  • kabootar
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:25PM

    Who gave the maulana the right to dictate to people what occasion to celebrate and what not to celebrate ? Culture , by definition, is what people in a society willingly believe and do, regardless of the origin of those believes and actions. Any attempt to stiffle that is tyranny and a gross violation of human rights.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:27PM

    So a place like Kohat is more tolerant than the capital of this country. A massive LOL @ Mr. Nisar.Recommend

  • Pawail Qaisar
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:37PM

    @Mian Majid
    No ones sister is their property. The sister is a human being with her own personality, desires, goals and FREE WILL. She can choose to do what she likes just like her brother can choose to do what he likes. Stop this misogyny. Stop thinking like women are a man’s property or that men are superior to women.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:42PM

    @Mian Majid:
    Frankly speaking, I am not sure what this Maulana is babbling about since there is undeniably love in the air, and to deny it is going against the God-given laws of nature.Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 10:40PM

    Mian Majid, you need to realize women are not the property of men. You must be a Taliban supporter.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:38PM

    Full marks to the Kohat Police…..for using their common sense.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:17AM

    Valentine day is an exclusive event of 1% rich. 99% ask for bread and to look after family. Can Pakistanis not observe a day to help poor neighbors, orphans and poor school goings by giving them pen and note books.. This will will be Human Rights Islamic Day..Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:25AM

    @Mian Majid:

    I am afraid you are outnumbered Sir, on this page, besides it would seem that the police in kohat has more power than the elected Nazim..

    Rex Minor. Recommend

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