PEMRA Takes Action Against Valentine’s Day Celebrations On Media

Although Valentine’s Day is not even remotely linked with our Culture, beliefs or religion but for some strange reason every year this day is celebrated with unprecedented zeal and zest in all the developed cities of Pakistan. Even people who are not literate and do not live in posh areas know the spirit behind the day and celebrate it. Pakistani channels go an extra mile to add to this trend by dedicating their morning shows to Valentine’s Day and coming up with special plays and telelfilms for the occasion. We see many photo shoots of artists which are designed especially for this day and special ad campaigns are also very common. The shops and markets are filled with Valentine’s Day special promotions; gifts, flowers, cards, discounts, you name it. When one steps into the market you are instantly reminded of the day whether you want to celebrate it or not. PEMRA has taken a very bold step by ordering all satellite television channels; entertainment or News/ FM stations to not to air any special programs that promote Valentine’s Day in any way. The main reason for this action is that most of the people feel that Valentine’s Day is not our social or cultural festival but is in fact against our culture and tradition which is based on conservatism.

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Openly accepting a tradition like Valentine’s Day is like flouting our own values and mocking our traditions. What example are we setting for the future generation? And to say that Valentine’s Day can also be celebrated by showing love to one’s spouse, parents, sibling, grandparents etc is a very lame explanation because if we must follow the day we should also know that the spirit behind the day is not this. In our society people respect their families and also give them sufficient time in normal days too in order to show their affection so why blindly follow a rat race?

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Today thousands of protesters gathered in Peshawar in order to show their discontent with the freedom and opportunities that were openly being provided to the youth in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They suggested that since we are Muslims and belong to a society that normally follows basic principles of Islam then why can’t we celebrate a “Day of Modesty’? A very valid point indeed.
In the past few years in particular the Valentine’s Day celebrations have been done more openly and enthusiastically on television. One of the reasons for this also is that media has been liberalized and there are no strict checks and balances on what the television channels were showing like they were before. But I have to say that media should exercise and enjoy this freedom with great responsibility and take into consideration the feelings and sentiments of the masses. The Pakistani media should represent the Pakistani people.

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I support the action taken by PEMRA and also think that there should be further check on the activities of Valentine’s Day. The way our shops promote the day and the price hike that suddenly occurs one day before the day is ridiculous. The flower prices go up to 40 percent and more on 14th February. We as a nation have our family values intact and would want that our social values should stay intact too. I think PEMRA’s action should be the first step towards the right direction but a lot more needs to be done in order to put a stop to the craze with which people celebrate this day.

 

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  • Fatima Tuz Zahra

    great MASHALLAH…….i support pemra for this….. 🙂

  • Fatima Tuz Zahra

    and haan i request PEMRA to take notice of all other unIslamic activities on Pakistani channels specially the naughty nargis on APLUS…she is doing nothing but making fun of Hijab and ruining its Islamic image…..i really want that program to get banned……… she wears Hijab and dances just as a third class Mujra Dancer since she is professionally the same……..Hijab and mujra is a very bad and Islamically unacceptable combination……please PEMRA stop that program……….

    • Hiba

      ,Yes Fatima jee ,i to have been waiting for this moment and thank goodness that our voice has been heard , celebrating this day was a really really bad influence on the muslim's especially the youngsters worldwide….. i have seen muslim children as young as 10/12 year old's exchanging valentines gift's this is not our deen our culture so good on you PEMRA ……..lots of smiles for you :)))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • farah

    masallah

  • noor

    wel done PEMRA…..

  • Sana

    I support PEMRA in this. It is ridiculous the way it is celebrated in Pakistan, it isn't even done that way here in western countries. In Pakistan, even illiterate people know what Valentines day is. And in the west, 40 percent of the general population dont even care.
    The way flower prices go up is shocking too. I got married on the 17th of February, and it was horribly expensive to make flower arrangements. Prices were more than 3 times their actual!
    Thank you to PEMRA and all religious/social parties involved in putting an end to this stupid, pointless, non-Muslim tradition.

  • Asim Shahzad

    good , great and well job PEMRA.. Thanks.

  • esha

    finally someone took the step against this be hayaa day …

    • kisekiboa

      AAMEEN!

  • huma qamar

    MashAllah 🙂 zaberdast Allah kary ya umat phir sy phly jaise ho jayae k is umat sy koi takar na ly sakay 🙂 Laillaha illalah Muhamadur rasulalh

  • fida

    I support pemra you did great job

  • jibran

    today on velentine day mostly bikerboys harassing the girls(student) and no one take any action every thing must be in the limit,s

  • Amna

    Well it seems that no one takes PEMRA seriously because the morning shows today were themed on Valentine's day as opposed to the sentiments of majority of the public. The channels did what ever they wanted.
    Lets wait for the day when the government bodies would ensure that their orders are not just a piece of parchment but are duly adhered to.

  • farhana

    there are dozens of people killed in Pakistan each day and these stupids are celebrating valentine's day.And Pakistani channels are gone too far,not knowing any thing about it ,they are promoting immodest behaviour in our already broken society.Please discourage all this garbaga.

    • kisekiboa

      I AGREE I LIVE IN THE WEST AND I DONT EVEN HEAR ABOUT VALENTINES DAY EVEN IN THE MEDIA! I DIDNT EVEN SEE VALENTINES ROSES, CARDS OUTSIDE! SHAME ON PAKISTANI'S FOR TEACHING THEIR KIDS THE WRONG WAYS THAN LEADING THEM TOWARDS GOOD EDUCATIONS AND KNOWLEDGY ON THEIR OWN RELIGON!

  • Ali

    kyun mohabbat se darte ho , mohabbat ke din se darte ho . Afsos tang nazar molvi ne Islam ki kiya tashreeh ki , konsa mazhab hai jo mohabbat pe pabandi lagata hai .Islam to deen-e-fitrat hai . Kya mian biwi ki mohabbat bhi ghalat hai .

    • Kiwi

      Tou sirf ek din hi kiu celebrate love ?mr ali muslims love their families without being to just one day to express it.apni biwi se muhabbat karo privacy me.pls refrain from bad mouthing islamic scholars or islam.u are entitled to your own opinion but u cannot say anything thats offensive to other muslims.

    • bilal

      bhai pyar ka koi fix day nahi haiii… or jahan tak rhe mian biwi to i think unkka har din he valentine day hona chahiyeee n islam mohabbat se mana nahi krta but jis taraha ki mohabbat ab hoti hai kiya ap apni sis ko allow kro gay ka ase mohabat kro n valentine day manao…..

    • kisekiboa

      WRONG! its sad that u can only think of love! Wht about Education, Morals, Culture, Ethics, and Religon. It you look at it they all go hand in hand! BTW U DONT NEED 1 DAY JUST TO LOVE SOMEONE! ITS A SHAME IF U DO! NOBODY NEED TO GO PUBLIC WITH LOVE! PEOPLE LIKE U DONT UNDERSTAND WHT UR RELIGION/DEEN SAYS AND JUST ASSUME ON UR OWN! EDUCATE UR SELF! U DONT NEED A SPECIFIC DAY TO LOVE! ALSO I FEEL SO BAD FOR THE PAKISTANI'S WHO ARE LED ASTRAY AND CONFUSED NOW B/C THEY THING THEY SHOULD CELEBRATE IT! HOPEFULLY THEY LEARN! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PAKISTANI WATCH TOO MUCH BOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND WANT TO CELEBRATE ANYTHING RELATED TO LOVE!

    • zinda dil

      asak jis cheez ko aap muhabbat ka naam de rahey han wo khuli behayai hai i think u r muslim boy inshaallah,u know islam me behayai ka har raasta band kar diya gaya hai islam me mohabbat k naam per fahashi boys n girls ka khuley aam mel jol bilkul na jaaiz hai.i think u r young jub aap marriad ho jaaen ge aur aap ki apni kids me se for example aap ki beti hi aap k saamney apney boy friend k saath wohi harkatain kare jo aap kia kertey thhey to kia aap bardasht ker len ge i believe hargiz nahi bohat see baatain agar aap ko achhi na bhi lagain to un per islam ki roshni me dekh ker amal ker lia karen aap ko ALLAH kabhi bhi mayoos nahi karey ga.me u.s.me rehti hun aap yaqeen nahi ker saktey k log iss behayai aur beghrti ki society se kitney tang aa chukey hain yahan har 30 days me 400 americans islam qubool ker rahey hain r wo converted honey k bawajood bhi hum se kahin ziada best muslim hotey hain bcause wo her buraai ko bohat qareeb se dekhne r nuqsaan uthhaney k baad jub tang aa jaatey hain to sachhai r roshni ki talash me idhar udhar dortey hain r unhain ye sachai r pakeezgi sirf ar sirf ISLAM me nazar aati hai to wo behadbest muslim ban jaatey hain.aur hum born muslim ho ker bhi ISLAM me khamian nikaltey hain. hum lucky hen k ALLAH ne hamen gumrah logon k gharon me nahi bheja bal k muslim families me paida kia hai.kher ,ye daur fitnon ka daur hai qiamat behadd qareeb hai to ye sub cheezain to saamney aaen gi hi.lekin hamen apnney aap ko dekhna hai k hum kis k raastey pe kharey hain ALLAH raastey pe jo siraat e mustaqeem hai seedha aur sachha raasta hai ya ALLAH na kare gumrahion k rastey pe hain.ALLAH iss gunahon k daur me tamam muslims k eeman ki hifazat karey aur hamen EEMAN ki maut de ameen

  • sehrish majeed

    yar pakistan main logo k pas wesay e bht kam time hai khush honay ka…kabhi kisi aik din ki waja say agar koi khush ho e jata hai tou ku jal rae ho….celebrate kaun karta hai?? kaun church jata hai ? agar sirf aik dosray ko cards denay say aur khush ho janay say ye cheez haram hai tou lanat hai. mothers day bhe hai fathers day bhe non islamic hai …basant bhe ..mat manao wo sab bhe…bs pakistan ko koi khush nae dekh sakta isi lye religion ki banduq say nishana kia jata hai..hadh hai….muhabbat bantnay ka aik din he tou hai…wo ghar walo k liye ho ..behno k lye..husband ya wives k lye ya phir girlfriend boyfriends k liye…ku kay is aik din ko lannat kehnay say ye gf bf wala relation muashray say khatam nae honay wala,,,,aisay jadeed mahool main na larkay larko ko gharo main band kia ja sakta hai…bht he deen ka hai tou aisa rule bnaya jai k k jo shaks chahay balagh hotay he gf bf ki jagah nikah kar dia jaye…some practical things are needed to b done ye nahi k usnay uper kiu dekh lia ..wo khush kiu hogya..jabk islam main tou hasna mana hai….hasna mana hai par ZIADA hasna…reham karo insaaniat pay itna tou zalin ALLAH nae hai tou phir ye musalmano ko kia ho gya hai……….phone band karwa do..ghar say bahar na niklo terrorism,,,school tabah kar do..yahan tak k masjid main bhe bomb pharr do aur phir aik agar koi raha saha insaan muhabbato ka din mana bhe aisay lay k kuch phool ya cards dekh lay usko bhe khatam kar do…wahhhh!…

    • kisekiboa

      CELEBRATING LOVE IS NOT NECESSARY IT CAN BE CELEBRATED ON ANNIVERSARIES! IF YOUNGER GENERATIONS WANT TO CELEBRATE A COUPLES LOVE THEN SHAME ON THEM! THEY SHOULD AODPT GOOD HABBITS NOT BAD ONES. I LIVE IN THE WEST AND NO MEDIA AND PEOPLE CELEBRATE VALENTINES DAY HERE! LOL! TSK TSK! I DONT KNOW WHATS GONNA HAPPEN TO PAKISTAN IF THE ONLY THING THEY CARE ABOUT IT LOVE!

  • Mrs Asim

    today it was first velentine day after my arrival here in england, I was expecting much to c and hear on valentine's day as for few years we observe in pak.m just coming from a famous mall here and believe me I hardly saw any girl wearing red dress, in shoping center yes there were rose plants for valentine. on tv there is not a single programme about it(atleast I didnt find) .m really astonihsed, why afterall we pakistanis are fast in adopting bad things ?

    • Sumbal

      same here in America,only pakistani media is mad about valentines day

    • kisekiboa

      I agree Pakistan adopt all the BAD things fast and firmost!! Its unbelievable! I live in the West and i dont see any red, roses, hearts, or programs on valentines too! This is confusing their generations by celebrating it!

  • zoha

    ye ali jesy jahil log pata nai kyun direct molvion ko beech mai ly aty hain. bhi tum ny celebrate kerna hai jao kero or apni bhen k yaar ko bhi ijazat do ke wo apny pyar ka izhar kery

    jahil kaheen key demakghi merizzz

  • Shamaila

    All the Pakistanis that celebrated Valentines day should go and read the origins of it. Jo b valentines celebrate karta hai are following the pagan festivities and have no idea of the meaning behind them. It's disgusting and vile

  • Commend the site for taking a stand, these kinds of nefarious activities r harming our society and r being propagated by these bloody channels working on various agendas directed from foreign enemy sources like Ary, Geo tv [or jew tv owned by a jewish businessman]. ARY can do anything for money. These shameless pricks were celebrating shaadi week just a day after Moin Akhtar died [they called him as one of their channel pioneers] and clearly disregarded the pain and sorrow of his family and fans.

  • Sara

    Way to be a total extremist… People should be able to celebrate what they want. Pakistan is not Afghanistan dude. How about you mind your own business? Your support of censorship is utter rubbish.

    • kisekiboa

      WRONG! Pakistan is already in much stress and their generations is led astray! Why does a person need only 1 day to love! It should be for you whole life. Also this is coming from someone who lives in the west! lol! This is not extremist! Its called keeping you culture in check! No parent would want their kids to go on dates with their boy/girl friends. IT A SHAME!!! Their are other things u should care about like EDUCATION and proper MORALS and ETHICS!! EPIC FAIL!!!

    • zinda dil

      afghanistan is better then many other islamic countries but just in the eyes of muslims not for so called muslims

  • zinda dil

    it,s good job but pemra ko diffrent channels per chalney waley doosrey programs ka notice lena chahyey for example'living in the edge' ye behadd out of limits program hota ja raha hai iss me her boy n girl khley aam abuse de raha hota hai n aik episode me aik dare karwaya gaya jis me har wrong answer pe 1 kapra utarna thha boys ko iss dare me aik guy ne intehaa kar di thi behayai ki lekin program on air gaya aur govt me se kisi ko ye khayal nahi aaya k iss shameless program per pabandi hi laga de