Valentine's Day vs Haya Day: 3 Peshawar University students injured in clash

Published: February 14, 2014
"The situation is under control now. Three students were wounded in the clash," says a local police official . PHOTO: REUTERS

"The situation is under control now. Three students were wounded in the clash," says a local police official . PHOTO: REUTERS

"The situation is under control now. Three students were wounded in the clash," says a local police official . PHOTO: REUTERS Express News screengrab of students running away from the firing. Express News screengrab of students ducking for cover as firing ensues in the university. Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab.

PESHAWAR: While one group of students of Peshawar University celebrated Valentine’s Day, another celebrated Haya Day (modesty day) leading to a clash that turned violent, Express News reported on Friday.

Students threw rocks at fellow students, forcing the police to intervene. Violence escalated as the students pulled out weapons and started firing at police officers as well.

The police also fired back and thirteen students were taken into custody.

The students also set three rooms of the hostel on fire.

“The situation is under control now. Three students were wounded in the clash,” local police official Fazalur Rehman told AFP, adding that police were searching for the students involved to arrest them.

One student had a gunshot wound to his hand, he added.


Valentine’s Day is increasingly popular among younger Pakistanis, many of whom have taken up the custom of giving cards, chocolates and gifts to their sweethearts to celebrate the occasion.

But Pakistan remains a deeply traditional Muslim society where many disapprove of Valentine’s Day as a Western import.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • ria
    Feb 14, 2014 - 2:54PM

    valentine day is against pakistan culture…. we condemn it …..


  • SM
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:00PM

    So, ‘haya’ has to be enforced, while shooting people is acceptable.


  • Ali
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:03PM

    Rip PeshawarRecommend

  • Concerned
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:19PM

    Why do we have to be so extreme?
    Why can’t we practice moderation and leave each to his own?


  • Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:28PM

    I am unable to understand what is wrong with Jamati. Why cant they mind their own business!!!!


  • Ahmed
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:30PM

    “Naya Pakistan” lol


  • this is fact
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:33PM

    when will these people grow up.. is this freedom ??


  • Aiman Kay
    Feb 14, 2014 - 3:38PM

    One injuring others in the name of Islam and the others injuring others in the name of love. This is insane. Our society need to learn tolerance which is common in Islam and Western society.


  • SKChadha
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:06PM

    Be-Haya-ee on Haya Day from both sides … :-(


  • Naveed
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:31PM

    We should accept that we are backward society. What is wrong in it if we follow advance societies.


  • Nur
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:34PM

    I wonder which group started throwing the stones…Maybe they should re-name “Haya” day as “Jahil” day.


  • Listen
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:47PM

    You can shove the condemnation up the “Khyber Pass”


  • Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:53PM

    You have right to condemn it…. but not by force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • AP
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:53PM

    @Aiman Kay: Tolerance..The country was founded on intolerance and incompatibility..This is bound to happen..


  • Feb 14, 2014 - 4:58PM

    Will there be a peace day or blast free day be observed in Pakistan ?


  • Hailstorm
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:17PM

    Reminds me of India 15 years ago.


  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd)
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:26PM

    I am surprised that Valentine Day is being celebrated in KP. Where is there “Haya” gone. It has no place in Islam.Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2014 - 5:27PM

    What they do on haya day, should better stay at home to celebrate Wa-haya day. Never heard of day like that…! Trying to create new history with malafied intentions. Dichotomy of worse kind and they cant tolerate joy of any kind. Students should be spared at least.

    A bunch of dejected lot want to be in lime light. Its right of an adult to show affection to someone and even Islam allow it. we cant live in society of hundreds yrs back. These people should visit Dubai n then they will feel that how society grows. Even the orthodox Arabs manage to have modification accordingly.Recommend

  • Ali G
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:36PM

    wow! it must ridicule the people throughout country, yeah! we have students, who mostly are gun handed in stead of stationary.We really need to grow up because these little feuds are leading us to great peak of degradation.


  • Adil
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:37PM

    I don’t support valentines day (against Islam unless you gift your wife) but I definitely don’t support violence. Why do the religious people mainly turn to violence? Whether its jamati students in Punjab harassing girls and burning buses, whether its SOME women in niqab thinking they are superior when they are driving erratically, whether its men in beards and topis thinking they can treat any woman badly simply because she may not be all covered in black like the way you want. Seriously. This superior attitude needs to stop. I’m going to live my life and however I do I create my khabar that way. Anyways pretty dumb to be celebrating it publicly in Peshawar especially when women are shunned for showing their faces which is very common so what would they say to intermingling ? ET I am hoping you post this u know.


  • J
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:39PM

    When will Pakistan move to the civilized world?


  • J
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:42PM

    p r sharma makes an excellent point too. Sad that people are forced to not celebrate valentines but all these jamatis don’t seem to mind the fact that the whole country is bleeding because of religious extremists.


  • Feb 14, 2014 - 5:44PM

    What did IK celebrate? HAYA DAY, I guess, because he says he is very “sharmila”!


  • St. Valentine
    Feb 14, 2014 - 5:59PM

    Both need NOT be mutually exclusive.


  • Happy Valentines Day
    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:04PM

    The real story is very different…

    The Jamiat students were angry as they did not receive any valentine’s cards…

    They felt the other students on campus should have sent them some for all their efforts to spread peace and love in Pakistan

    So they rioted to ensure next year they receive some sweet love…

    The Jamiat is misunderstood, all they really is need love…


  • Rabzon
    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:18PM

    Naya Pakistan in action.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:18PM

    Its nothing to do with Haya or Be-Haya. These people hate women so much that they don’t like anyone having natural love. KP government should arrange Gay Pride Parade for them.


  • Sharmeen
    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:22PM

    I wonder what happened to the pretty red balloons? Last I saw them was before the desho desho happened. Valentines day won just because this happened, and that too in Peshawar. You can’t stop the signal.


  • Singh
    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:24PM
  • Lubna
    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Valentine day is very hard on us girls in Islamabad. All boys from god knows where come to forcibly give us ‘presents’ and feel that today they can freely touch and grope us freely like they stare at us on normal days. This day month is a nightmare for us. Sadly I support jamaat on this issue.


    Feb 14, 2014 - 6:30PM

    Credit to this paper for posting this item.No other paper thought it proper to put it up. Can any one of the above throw some light on the origin of this day?


  • good momin
    Feb 14, 2014 - 7:17PM

    Please instead of fighting give food sweets and money to needy people
    Try to celebrate poor people helping dayRecommend

  • Nikki
    Feb 14, 2014 - 7:59PM

    @good momin:
    Constructive approach.


  • Saleem
    Feb 14, 2014 - 8:06PM

    When will Pakistan move to the civilized world?

    Not in a 100 years.Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2014 - 8:21PM

    You Pakistanis don’t know how to celebrate life here on mother earth. You guys live for a fictitious tomorrow where Allah waits for your arrival with 7a gift of 72 virgins. This one real life you live here, you spend blowing each other up, slitting each others’ throats and living a life that the vast majority of the people on this planet abhor. You have a faith system that will not allow you celebrate life, its colors, its beauty, music, dancing, science and just about anything that Providence bestowed on us for us to enjoy. Life should be pretty boring as a Muslim in Pakistan.


  • Azi
    Feb 14, 2014 - 8:54PM


    Ria is against humanity and sanity, we condemn it. Indian vibes pouring out of you are quite visible.


  • valerie gilbert
    Feb 14, 2014 - 9:24PM

    Pakistan is a country less than 100 years old,even some Europe countries have issues with Valentine day,it is religious based,Valentine was a Christian saint


  • Joseph
    Feb 15, 2014 - 4:13AM

    There is a VERY careful avoidance here of mentioning WHICH group of students started the violence and which group fired at the police. From which group were the arrests made ?? . I wonder if this is because YET AGAIN islam demonstrates that the ONLY way it can make a point is by IMPOSING it’s values through violence , intimidation , threats , bigotry and intolerance. Is islam SO weak and so insecure that it cannot accept ANYTHING that is outside it’s own remit?.


  • Feb 15, 2014 - 7:53AM

    @Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd): Who decides that there is no place for Valentines Day in Pakistan. Do you? May I using the same logic demand Ramazan &7 Eid have no place in India?


  • Arslan
    Feb 15, 2014 - 12:01PM

    Simple Answer!

    If you do what west does your are civilized, enlightened vision, progressive nation, your Women’s are free, you are tolerant.

    If you do not and ask for respect of your culture, values, and above all Religious Beliefs. Than you are violent, fundamentalist, uncivilized, women freedom haters and terrorists.

    Let’s not be sell outs. Let’s respect our women’s and restore there Honor instead of showing them off in the public, taking of their clothes, and making them a medium used to sell our products better and faster.


  • Arslan
    Feb 15, 2014 - 12:09PM

    @Jag Nathan

    Thank you for showing how the life should be

    but can you please answer one simple question.

    Do you have peace in your heart when you are done with your music, drinking, dancing? or is there a wish to have some more.

    Do you ever get enough of your life? Do you feel satisfied? Do you sleep well at night? Where you born yourself or was there a creator who created you? Did he create you for music and dance or is there a greater purpose to your life? Would the dead arise from there graves? Is there anything as after life?

    We surely not a have superb life as yours

    But we have satisfaction which is not followed by Greed of “I wish i could have some more”
    we sleep well at night and await for the day of Judgement upon which you shall have what you have earned and we shall what we have longed for.

    Cheers! Recommend

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Feb 16, 2014 - 12:46AM

    Why the Police has failed to take an action to prevent this imminent clash?
    Any notice from the Chief Minister?
    Will anyone be suspended for failure to prevent this clash?
    Any accountability in KPK?


  • irfan
    Feb 16, 2014 - 5:54PM

    valentine day is also a kind of festival. you can say festival of love.
    but there must not be any vulgarity


  • Feb 16, 2014 - 6:22PM

    Every nations constitution should have a fundamental right enshrined in it – Freedom from religion.


  • Jules
    Feb 19, 2014 - 2:50PM

    @Jag Nathan:
    Boring? Explosions almost every week. Killing almost everyday.

    Then the complete opposite end of the spectrum: partying in the wee hours of the night, black market for liquor and hash and a variety of other drugs of choice.
    Who’d be bored in a place like that?


  • Nobody
    Feb 19, 2014 - 3:10PM

    @Jag Nathan:
    While I agree with your sentiment and the question you posed to fellow commentator (I thought the same thing), your question is flawed and illogical.
    The person you responded to said Valentine’s Day has no place in Islam, no mention of Pakistan itself; for the sake of my sanity, I will ignore that part of his question and stick to your response.
    If India is a secular nation as it has claimed for decades, then yes, there is a place for Ramadan and Eid and Christmas and Easter and Hanukkah and all other festivals and holidays of a religious or non religious nature simply because there has to be, whether people want it or not.
    If and when Pakistan decides to let go of the already barely existing “Sharia” on the books, then theoretically, every festival will have to be accepted and allowed.

    The dichotomy among the people of Pakistan is astounding. We do not have to be one or the other; one can be a Pakistani and ALSO have a different belief system (Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Atheist, Agnostic, etc).
    Separating factions of people this way will result in failure. On the contrary, homogenizing a country with more than 190 million people will also result in failure. We don’t have to be divided and we don’t have to be identical either.
    Live and let live folks.

    Dear ET,……please? :)


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