Ban­ning Valen­tine’s Day is Tough Love

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There is no doubt that love flour­ished in this world long be­fore Valen­tine’s Day was given ro­man­tic over­tones by Ge­of­frey Chaucer in the 14th cen­tury. It is also true that all those sainted and self­less men named Valen­tine down the mil­len­nia had pretty dif­fi­cult times even though there was nary a red heart or cho­co­late truf­fle as­so­ci­ated with their labours. So, the dis­tinctly un­ro­man­tic ver­dict of the Islamabad High Court ban­ning all pro­mo­tions of Valen­tine’s Day in the me­dia on the grounds that it is not part of the Mus­lim tra­di­tion — an in­dis­putable fact, of course, since the roots of the prac­tice are in an­cient Rome — is par for the course. But de­cree­ing that the govern­ment must stop its ‘cel­e­bra­tion’ in Pak­istan is a tall or­der as it has been no­ticed in these tech-savvy times that such ban or­ders are eas­ier passed than im­ple­mented. So, the Pak­istan govern­ment may find it tough to act on this es­pe­cially since there are other press­ing mat­ters that per­haps need more im­me­di­ate con­certed ac­tion than moral­ity po­lice fan­ning out in search of canoodling cou­ples or in­ter­cept­ing now-con­tra­band Valen­tine’s Day cards and gifts. The Valen­tine’s Day alerts by au­thor­i­ties in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and Aus­tralia about on­line scams cheat­ing love-hun­gry peo­ple out of their life sav­ings cer­tainly seem a more worth­while caveat.

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