A court in Pakistan banned public celebrations of Valentine's Day on Monday in the nation's capital of Islamabad.
The BBC reports the ban takes effect immediately and also bans the media from covering the holiday, the BBC reports.
A petition had circulated leading up to the holiday that argued it was immoral and promoted nudity under the guise of romance, contrary to Islamic teachings. Others argue the holiday is a Christian festival that does not belong in a mostly Islamic country.
Last year, officials in the city of Kohat banned the holiday, but the ban was widely ignored.
Other Pakistanis fear the holiday is a commercial scam to rob them of their hard-earned cash.
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