Valentine’s Day vs. Modesty Day: Pakistani students clash

Valentine’s Day vs. Modesty Day: Pakistani students clash

Pakistani police say two rival student groups have clashed at a university in the country’s northwest over celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Police official Raheem Hussain says Friday’s violence erupted at the University of Peshawar when dozens of students from a liberal group rallied in favor of the romantic holiday.

Their rally was taking place at the same location where conservative students had gathered to promote a “Modesty Day” instead.

Hussain says both sides threw stones at each other, and some students even fired into the air. Four people were hurt.

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Conservatives in Pakistan every year call for people to boycott Valentine’s Day, saying it’s a Western-inspired event that spreads vulgarity.

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