Don't pro­mote Valen­tine's Day, Pemra re­minds broad­cast­ers

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ISLAMABAD: The Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (Pemra) on Wed­nes­day is­sued an ad­vi­sory di­rect­ing lo­cal me­dia to "de­sist from pro­mot­ing Valen­tine's Day". The au­thor­ity di­rected all "broad­cast me­dia and dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vices li­censees" to re­frain from pro­mot­ing Valen­tine's Day as per an order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The IHC, in a ver­dict passed on Fe­bru­ary 13, 2017, had pro­hib­ited the cel­e­bra­tion of Valen­tine's Day in pub­lic spa­ces and gov­ern­ment of­fices across the coun­try "with im­me­di­ate ef­fect".

The court had also warned print and elec­tronic me­dia to "stop all Valen­tine's Day pro­mo­tions im­me­di­ately".

The or­ders were given on a pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted by cit­i­zen Ab­dul Wa­heed, who main­tained that pro­mo­tions on main­stream and so­cial me­dia for Valen­tine's Day are against Is­lamic teach­ings and should be banned im­me­di­ately.

The judge­ment had di­rected the sec­re­taries of the min­istries of in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, chair­man Pemra, Pak­istan Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Au­thor­ity (PTA) and the chief com­mis­sioner Islamabad "to en­sure that noth­ing about the cel­e­bra­tion of Valen­tine's Day and its pro­mo­tion is spread on the elec­tronic and print me­dia. No event shall be held at the of­fi­cial level and at any pub­lic place. The chair­man Pemra is di­rected to en­sure that all TV chan­nels shall stop the pro­mo­tion of Valen­tine's Day."


A del­e­ga­tion from South Africa calls on Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy, Rana Tan­veer Hus­sain.

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