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Fawad Chaudhry (Federal Minister for Science and Technology) on Wednesday mentioned in a media conference that judicial activism in the past set back Pakistan’s technological progress.
While addressing the International Media Conference at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi, the Minister said that judicial activism and questionable court decisions in recent years have dealt a severe blow to the government’s relations with both national and international tech companies. He said 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. He have also said in the past that TikTok or books do not pose danger to Islam in Pakistan. “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.
Fawad Chaudhry criticized the lack of understanding of the technology of most judges and requested them to not hear cases linked with technology and digital sectors. 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 molds an individual’s life,” he said.
Chaudhry also 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.
The Minister also attributed the country’s lack of technological advancement to the over-regulation of technology and digital sectors due to the myopic policies of the previous governments.
The minister has been known for advocating technological progress in the country and speaking out against bans on social media websites and apps. He frequently tweets about technological advancements in the country. Recently he tweeted about the support given to Motorway Police for the project of drone technology for the supervision of the CPEC highway and motorways network.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 17, 2021
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.
He had also launched an app in the past to track the moon cycle so that there will be no different opinions on moon sightings. He had also explained the procedure to use this application on his twitter.
*Step 1:* Download app
*Step 2:* Select City and Month (Shawal)
*Step 3* Go to Navigation part and click on Search 🔎 option
*Step 4* Write Moon
*Step 5* Move your phone towards the direction of moon shown in App
*You will find the moon right there*
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) June 4, 2019
Now he has again said that Pakistan needs to prepare itself for the future and attract foreign investment which can only be done by altering unconducive state policies and restricting the judiciary from forays.
The Minister also invited tech companies to Pakistan for the training and skills development of Pakistani students.