Pakistan: University renews Valentine's Day "Sisters Day"

A Pakistani university has decided to & # 39; Valentine's Day & # 39; as a sister to rename and to distribute scarves and scarves to the students, taking the opposite of a "western culture" which is experienced as imported.

The change aims to "promote Eastern culture and Islamic traditions among young people," said the Faisalabad Agricultural University (UAF / East) in an announcement on its website.

"In our culture, women are more competent and deserve respect from others as sisters, mothers, daughters and women," said deputy dean Zafar Iqbal.

"We forgot our culture and Western culture was rooted in our society," he added, adding that UAF thought: "To distribute sails, scarves and blouses, the UAF has stamped the students" 14 February.

The UAF hopes to give at least a thousand veils to the 14,000 young women who study there, told AFP Qamar Bukhari, the spokesman for the university, who asked for donations to finance the operation.

"These scarves will be distributed by the administration and not by male students," he said, adding that the goal of the operation is to ensure respect for women.

Valentine's Day, more and more celebrated among young Pakistanis, is much criticized in this very conservative and patriarchal Islamic country where it is seen as a Western import.

In 2017 Islamabad High Court banned public festivities in the capital, seized by an applicant who claimed that "under the guise of love is immorality, nudity and indecency". be promoted ".

The court also urged the media to no longer promote the love day in a country where the vast majority of marriages are regulated.

In 2016, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain called for a meeting of students to focus on their education rather than on a holiday that, he says, has no place in an Islamic nation.