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Pakistan varsity tweaks Valentine's Day, Says convert threats into an opportunity

The Vice Chancellor says Sisters' Day celebration will make people realise how sisters are loved in Pakistan

Monday January 14, 2019 8:14 PM, ummid.com News Network

Pakistan Sisters Day

Islamabad: Saying that 'threats should be converted into an opportunity"' a Pakistani university Sunday decided to observe February 14, which is celebrated as Valentine's Day, as 'Sisters' Day'.

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Zafar Iqbal Randhawa said the move will be made to "ocal culture and promote Islamic traditions.

The varsity announced that on the special day female students on campus can be gifted scarves and abayahs as gifts, media reports said.

"I am not sure if my suggestion to celebrate Sisters' Day "would click or not". But, I believe it iss compatible with Pakistan's culture and Islam", the Vice Chancellor, said while speaking to Dawn NewsTV.

Randhawa said that although some Muslims have turned Valentine's Day into a threat, "My thinking is that if there is a threat, convert it into an opportunity."

"Today the era of gender empowerment is here, Western thinking is being promoted," he told the Pakistani newspaper. "But the best gender empowerment and division of work is in our religion and culture."

He said Sisters' Day celebration will make people realise how sisters are loved in Pakistan.

"Is there a love greater than that between brother and sister?" he asked. "On Sisters' Day, it is greater than the love between husband and wife."

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