‘Stay Away From Moral Policing’: Fawad Urges Court To Refrain From Banning Internet Apps
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.
Courts and PTA must stay away from moral policing and Ban Approach,such bans on internet based Apps ll destroy Pak tech industry and development of technology ll be permanently hampered,we are still not out of woods b/o judges illadvised interferece in economic matters
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 22, 2020
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.”