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President advises countrymen not to celebrate Valentine’s Day

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has advised the countrymen not to observe Valentine’s Day, saying that it was not a part of Muslim tradition.

“Valentine’s Day has no connection with our culture and it should be avoided,” he said while addressing a function here to pay homage to Pakistan Movement leader Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar on his death anniversary.

Talking about the education system in the country, the president said there was a need to formulate educational curriculum of Pakistan according to the requirements of the modern age and ideology of Pakistan. “Work in this regard is under way and soon new curriculum with consensus of all stakeholders would be implemented,” he said.

Mamnoon Hussaid said that “We could not derive full advantage of our strategic geographical location in the past but now the government is endeavouring to take Pakistan to newer heights of prosperity through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and development of Gwadar port.”

Paying tribute to national heroes, the president said Pakistan came into being because of struggle waged by Sardar Nishtar and others under the leadership of the Quaid-i-Azam. “We need to emulate the principles and self-belief of our founding fathers to make Pakistan strong and prosperous country,” he said.

“Students should go abroad to attain higher education, but should not be influenced by the West and must maintain their religious and national identity,” he said.

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