RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday regretted that judicial activism up to now set again Pakistan’s technological progress.
The minister was talking on the International Media Conference held at a personal college the place he lamented that Pakistan’s relations with digital media firms deteriorated because of some court docket selections taken in 2014.
Chaudhry lamented the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s determination to dam TikTok final yr.
“I plead with judges not to hear cases relating to digital media,” he stated.
Referring to some universities with strict dressing codes, Chaudhry suggested towards implementing 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 stated.
The minister highlighted that if Pakistan doesn’t alter its state insurance policies, it is going to by no means be capable of appeal to international funding. “Political and economic independence moulds an individual’s life,” he stated.
Chaudhry suggested college students to decide on the profession they want. “Those who want to study should study, but others who want to play video games should do that as well,” he stated.
Gone are the times when an individual excelled in life provided that they studied onerous, he stated. “Nowadays, you find even a 20-year-old is a billionaire,” the minister famous.
Talking concerning the nation’s energy woes, he stated that Pakistan was producing electrical energy however encountering issues in its distribution.
TikTok, books don’t pose hazard to Islam in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry
The minister has been recognized for advocating technological progress within the nation and talking out towards bans on social media web sites and apps.
Last yr, Chaudhry had spoken out when the Punjab Assembly handed 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 stated. “In Pakistan, Islam is neither threatened by TikTok nor books.”
The minister had added that Pakistan, then again, was threatened by sectarian divisions and extremism.
His assertion got here a couple of months after the PTA gave a warning to TikTok and video streaming app Bigo, claiming that it had acquired a “number of complaints … from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene and vulgar content” on these apps.