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Valentine’s Day Celebrated In Afghanistan, Banned In Pakistan

In Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, lovers exchanged flowers and candy to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, however, the day was subdued after a court banned the day’s celebration across the country on February 13. The ban coincided with some small protests against Valentine’s Day in cities across Pakistan.
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A flower shop in Kabul ready to welcome customers on Valentine’s Day.
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A flower shop in Kabul ready to welcome customers on Valentine’s Day.

Vendors sell heart-shaped balloons on a street on Valentine's Day in Islamabad on February 14.
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Vendors sell heart-shaped balloons on a street on Valentine's Day in Islamabad on February 14.

Pakistani vendors prepare heart-shaped bouquets for sale ahead of Valentine's Day along a street in Islamabad on February 13.
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Pakistani vendors prepare heart-shaped bouquets for sale ahead of Valentine's Day along a street in Islamabad on February 13.

A flower shop in Kabul did brisk business on Valentine’s Day.
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A flower shop in Kabul did brisk business on Valentine’s Day.

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