President urges Muslims not to celebrate Valentine’s Day

epa03799317 Mamnoon Hussein (C), a candidate for the Presidential elections, nominated by the ruling Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz (PML-N), arrives to submit his nomination papers at Islamabad High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, 24 July 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court on 24 July ordered the Election Commission to schedule the Presidential elections for 30 July.  EPA/T. MUGHAL

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain urged people of the country not to observe Valentine’s Day, saying that it was not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.


Addressing a function held here to pay homage to Pakistan Movement leader Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar on his death anniversary, the president said: “Valentine’s Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided.”

He said drawbacks of western culture had adversely affected one of our neighbouring countries.

Talking about the education system in the country, the president said there was a need to formulate educational curriculum of Pakistan according to the requirements of the modern age and ideology of Pakistan. “Work in this regard is under way and soon new curriculum with consensus of all stakeholders would be implemented,” he said.

He said Pakistan could achieve progress by adopting thoughts and philosophy of our great leaders and could earn a distinguished status in the comity of nations as dreamt by our founding fathers.