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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 file photo, a couple take 'selfie' in front of a giant heart-shaped bouquet display by a vendor to attract customers on Valentine's Day. Celebrating Valentine's Day is considered un-Islamic by some in Pakistan, but many still buy flowers and exchange gifts with others. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Valentine's Day is banned in Pakistan's capital, effective immediately

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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.

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A vendor prepares a heart-shaped bouquet for a customer at a flower market on Valentine's Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Celebrating Valentine's Day is considered un-Islamic by some in Pakistan, but many still buy flowers and exchange gifts with others. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Last year, officials in the city of Kohat banned the holiday, but the ban was widely ignored. 

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Female supporters of Pakistani religious group Tahafuz Namoos Risalat Mahaz chant slogans during a rally to condemn Valentine's Day celebrations in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. They called the celebration of Valentine's Day against the teaching of Islam. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Other Pakistanis fear the holiday is a commercial scam to rob them of their hard-earned cash. 

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