Federal Minister For Science And Technology Fawad Chaudhry Regretted That Judicial Activism Set Back Pakistan’s Technological Progress.

 Federal Minister For Science And Technology Fawad Chaudhry On Wednesday Regretted That Judicial Activism In The Past Set Back Pakistan’s Technological Progress. The minister was speaking at the International Media Conference held at a private university where he lamented that Pakistan’s relations with  digital media companies deteriorated due to some court decisions taken in 2014.

Chaudhry lamented the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s decision to block TikTok  last year. “I plead with judges not to hear cases relating to digital media,” he said. Referring to some universities with strict dressing codes, Chaudhry advised against enforcing strict measures. “Those who want to wear jeans should be able to wear jeans. Others who want to take an abaya should be able allowed to do so,” he said.

The minister highlighted that if Pakistan does not alter its state policies, it will never be able to attract foreign investment. “Political and economic independence moulds an individual’s life,” he said. Chaudhry advised students to choose the career they desire. “Those who want to study should study, but others who want to play video games should do that as well,” he said. Gone are the days when a person excelled in life only if they studied hard, he said. “Nowadays, you find even a 20-year-old is a billionaire,” the minister noted.

Talking about the country’s power woes, he said that Pakistan was generating electricity but encountering problems in its distribution. TikTok, books do not pose danger to Islam in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry

The minister has been known for advocating technological progress in the country and speaking out against bans on social media websites and apps. Last year, Chaudhry had spoken out when the Punjab Assembly passed the Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Bill. “This is a dangerous attitude that will throw us into a vicious circle of sectarian and religious extremism,” he had said. “In Pakistan, Islam is neither threatened by TikTok nor books.”

The minister had added that Pakistan, on the other hand, was threatened by sectarian divisions and extremism. His statement came a few months after the PTA gave a warning to TikTok and video streaming app Bigo, claiming that it had received a “number of complaints … from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene and vulgar content” on these apps.

This news was originally published at The News.