Valentine’s Day festivities anger Pakistan's president

People buy flowers to celebrate the upcoming Valentine's Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP)

Pakistan’s president Mamnoon Hussain condemned Valentine’s Day, telling students that the festive time was a Western tradition that has nothing to do with Pakistani culture and shouldn’t be celebrated, reported the BBC on Sunday.

Religious groups across the country denounced the holiday, even though it is popular in many cities.

Earlier this week, the local government in Kohat, a district run by a religious political party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told police officers to disallow stores from selling Valentine's Day paraphernalia.

"Valentine's Day has no legal grounds, and secondly it is against our religion, therefore it was banned," Kohat district administrator Maulana Niaz Muhammad told BBC Urdu.

Meanwhile in Iran, police have been cracking down on Valentine’s Day festivities and stores appealing to them will be found guilty of a crime.

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