LAHORE - Citizens showed cold shoulders attitude to the c celebrations in the City. Though it was a public holiday but there was no significant activity in the educational institutions, which is usually enthusiastic place to celebrate this day. People celebrated this day in parks and gardens. A small number of college and universities students dressed in colorful clothes marked the day along with their loved ones in parks, hotels and at other public places. Jinnah Garden was filled with young couples especially in the evening. On the other side, reports revealed that a large number of families, however, rebuked their children visiting such places. Many citizens expressed their anger over the festival while talking to The Nation on Sunday. Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) administration has already imposed ban on Valentines Day celebrations on Saturday. The LCWU administration had deputed teachers and guards at the universitys main gate to search students bags for Valentines Day gifts, and strictly warned them from holding any gatherings on campus to celebrate Valentines Day. Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) working in many educational institutions placed posters all over the campuses, hostels and at canteens inscribed with the slogans for the students to boycott all Valentines Day celebrations. IJT threatened to take strict action against students involved in celebrating the day. IJT spokesman said we did not permit any student to promote vulgarity on the occasion of such western festival. He said it was quite strange to show enthusiasm to the festivals of the aliens at a time when the nation is undergoing historys crucial time of crisis and is struck with multiple challenges. He said both of the festivals including Basant, which has Hindu origin, and Valentines Day, having origin to the Latin Priest Valentine, who in his frivolous pursuits set an example of illegal love affairs, which is denounced in Islam. We have shown our hatred for such shameful and sinful act, that leads to western society which itself is the hub of illegal relations between youth, a 22-year-old veiled student, Raheela Khan, of LWCU commented. We should forbid out young generation to celebrate Valentines Day, she said and added as the day is attributed to young, unmarried people and students, who celebrate the day by holding each others hands or having illicit relations, which they are not supposed to be allowed in Islamic society like Pakistan. Govt focusing special eduCATION Government is determined to support institutes of special education and all out efforts are being made to help these children become the useful members of the society. These views were expressed by MPA Dr Zamurd Yasmeen Rana while addressing the inaugural session of the puppet show and funfair, held on Sunday under the auspices of special Kids inn a Society and Institute for Special Children in collaboration with Pakistan Medical Society (PMS). Dr Zamurd admired the organisers for holding such a useful puppet show and fun fair in the era of stress and strain. These children had special needs and Chief Minister was giving them priority, she assured that the special kids would also be given maximum support from government for caring these children. Director Special kids Inn and child psychologist Ms Tayyaba Sheikh added that the main purpose of this funfair and puppet show was to seek ways to understand mentally handicapped children as they were unique individuals. She said with special attentions the special children could be made full members of the society. Chairman PMS Dr Masood Akhtar Sheikh said we should focus on the prevention of disabilities, in this regard the polio eradication campaign must be supported. He said polio could lead to severe disability. He said in addition to the government responsibility the parents, teachers, religious scholars and imam Masjid must play there role for the social mobilisation to bring Pakistan in the list of polio free countries. Dr Masood Sheikh further added the UN World Health Organisation reports said that the disease remained endemic in only four countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, India and Pakistan while Afghanistan and Pakistan were closest to eradicating the disease.