The Pakistani government has declared a jihad on Valentine’s Day according to a Daily Mail story.
In recent years, a growing number of young Pakistanis became enamoured with the day and its traditions. The growth in popularity of giving flowers and gifts caused alarm among hardliners who viewed it as an adulteration of their culture.
Last year, a court banned public celebrations saying it was against Islam and promoted Western culture.
This year, things got worse when the media’s regulatory authority, acting on a court order, instructed all communications outlets to refrain from promoting Valentine's Day.
If you’re an unapologetic romantic planning to defy the edict, beware of street justice of the kind that befell activist Sabeen Mahmud who staged a protest in Karachi to counter calls for a ban.
Pakistan is a world away, yet it was a Pakistani import to Canada, Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, who was responsible for the anti-Islamophobia motion M-103.
We still don’t have a definition for Islamophobia, so at some stage in the future, will an Islamist activist claim that Valentine’s Day celebrations are Islamophobic?
Happy Valentine’s Day any way, and don't take those heart shaped chocolates for granted!