Pakistan's Minister Fawad Chaudhry Slams Judiciary Over the Ban on TikTok

ByShehryar Makhdoom | Published date:

Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has responded to the Sindh High Court's (SHC) decision to bar video app TikTok by saying that Pakistan will never overcome economic impediments if the judicial system continues to make digital growth decisions.

While expressing his point of view in a tweet, the minister appeared to be "baffled after reading yesterday's decisions on the suspension of TikTok," which he described as "amazing." He said that "judicial activism" was responsible for billions of dollars worth of technology industry losses and that if the reforms are not implemented immediately, this problem might escalate.

Fawad Chaudry has not for the first time condemned the judiciary's participation in delivering wrong judgments against internet applications like TikTok.

At the beginning of February, he had requested judges to refuse to hear issues on digital media. He pointed out that if the current policy on the tech sector is not fixed, Pakistan will not attract investment from outside.

As of now, TikTok is actively defending itself against the SHC's decision and has maintained that the company has "strong policies, processes, and technologies" in place to deal with violent or objectionable content.

Until further notice, the ban remains in effect.