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    ‘Stay Away From Moral Policing’: Fawad Urges Court To Refrain From Banning Internet Apps

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    Federal Minister For Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry urged the judiciary and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ‘stay away from moral policing and ban approach’ on the internet applications to avert the destruction of the tech industry.

    The minister was reacting to remarks made by a Supreme Court (SC) bench that had sought to regulate the social media platforms over ‘indecent’ content. The SC had taken notice of ‘objectionable content’ being shared on YouTube and other social media platforms.


    During the hearing, Justice Amin questioned had whether the Federal Investigation Agency and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had seen what was happening on YouTube. “There are several countries where YouTube is banned. Try uploading content against America and the European Union,” he had said.

    However, Fawad warned that the meddling of the judiciary in the affairs of the tech industry could ‘permanently hamper’ tech growth in Pakistan.

    The minister also alluded to the past decisions of the Pakistani courts in the matters concerning the economic affairs for which the country paid dearly. He said: “We are still not out of woods because of judges’ ill-advised interference in economic matters.”

     

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    1. Bashy Quraishy July 22, 2020

      The comment of the Federal Minister For Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry that the judiciary should stay away from moral policing and abandon; “ban approach’ on various issues, including the YouTube is a very welcome voice. Such foolish decision cause the destruction of the tech industry.
      I would even go further and advise the SC to focus on corruption and looting of national treasury.

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    2. Asmat Jamal July 23, 2020

      I totally support Mr Fawad Ch on the matter. We have not elected Judiciary to become voice of the people?

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    3. amjab July 23, 2020

      not a fan of fawad but have to support him on this matter, he spoke more sense than those who want to ban youtube, just because social media can expose their pasts. why not ban some political parties who were openly criticizing judges or attaking SC in 1997 or recently blackmailing judge arsha malik? ban TV?

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