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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hunks of burning love: Heartless in Kohat

Cupid Disguised       (Public Domain)
Whereas Valentine’s Day is difficult for many, it can be especially heartrending for citizens of Kohat, Pakistan.

The crowd gathers round in this northwestern district to watch a “Happy Valentine’s Day” poster being burned in the square.  As smoke gets in their eyes, onlookers are reminded that Cupid is a threat to all things holy.

Such hunks of burning love are not merely suggestive.  Kohat police have been alerted “to stop shops from selling Valentine’s Day cards and items.”  

How this might be accomplished is unclear. The past, however, can sometimes portend the future.  BBC News reports that a human rights activist who “held a campaign in support of Valentine’s Day” back in 2013 afterwards received death threats.  She was subsequently killed in a drive-by shooting.

Cupid’s arrows don’t do nearly as much harm.  At least most of the time.

Copyright February 14, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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