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PAKISTAN HAS IT IN FOR SAINT VALENTINE

Pakistani authorities have warned the television and radio channels that they will not be able to broadcast content related to Valentine’s Day, as the ban on the dissemination of related content imposed a year ago by a court that considered this celebration is contrary to Islam.

“All media and distribution services are advised to desist from promoting Valentine’s Day in their respective channels,” Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said in a statement on Monday.

The agency said that last year’s ruling of the Islamabad High Court is still in force in which it banned the celebration of that holiday in public places and media outlets as it is against the “mandates of Islam” and that promotes the “indecency” and “nakedness”.

Despite the ban, residents of Islamabad celebrated last year’s love party with roses, heart-shaped balloons and romantic dinners, while local radio stations announced discounts and offers from various companies on February 14 without directly naming the festivity.

A year ago the president of the country, Mamnoon Hussain, asked in a public act with students not to celebrate that date because they were not part of the Pakistani culture.

Valentine’s Day has traditionally been a controversial celebration in Pakistan, where religious groups protest every year against the holiday.

Secular activists have in turn opposed these religious campaigns and the human rights defender Sabeen Mahmud organized a counter-protest against the Islamists in 2013.

She was murdered two years later for it, according to one of the accused of the crime. (February 8, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que…
A
las autoridades paquistaníes no están ni a favor ni en contra de San Valentín.
B
las autoridades paquistaníes están a favor de la celebración de San Valentín.
C
las autoridades paquistaníes están en contra de la celebración de San Valentín.
Question 2
Según el texto…
A
el Gobierno pakistaní permite que los medios emitan contenidos sobre San Valentín.
B
los medios paquistaníes pueden emitir contenidos sobre San Valentín.
C
no está permitido que los medios paquistaníes emitan contenidos sobre San Valentín.
Question 3
Un tribunal no cree que esta celebración sea contraria al Islam.
A
Es mentira.
B
Es verdad.
C
¡Imposible saberlo!
Question 4
En el texto se dice que…
A
el día de San Valentín se celebró el año pasado.
B
esa prohibición ha impedido que las personas celebren este día en Pakistán.
C
nadie de la capital de Pakistán celebró el día de San Valentín.
Question 5
Todos los años hay protestas en el país en contra de esta celebración.
A
Es mentira.
B
Nadie lo sabe.
C
Así es.
Question 6
Se dice que alguien la ‘tiene tomada’ con otra…
A
cuando no le dice con claridad lo que no le gusta.
B
cuando la comprende y la aconseja.
C
cuando la reprende y la critica por algo que ha hecho.
Question 7
San Valentín es…
A
el patrón de los enamorados.
B
el patrón de los solteros.
C
el patrón de los comerciantes.
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