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Pakistan court bans Valentine's Day in capital

  • People buy flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. A court official says the judge ruled on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations. Islamist and rightwing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    People buy flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. A court official says the judge ruled on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations. Islamist and rightwing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • A girl buys flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. A court official says the judge ruled on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations. Islamist and rightwing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    A girl buys flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. A court official says the judge ruled on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations. Islamist and rightwing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • A couple buy flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. A court official says the judge ruled on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations. Islamist and rightwing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    A couple buy flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. A court official says the judge ruled on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations. Islamist and rightwing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings.

Court official Niaz Saleh says the judge ruled Monday on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations in Islamabad. He says the order has been sent to Pakistan's media regulator to ensure a blackout on any Valentine's Day promotions in print or electronic media. A spokesman for the regulator could not immediately be reached for comment.

Islamist and right-wing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import.