ISLAMABAD, 30 June: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has lashed out at the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) verdict banning TikTok across Pakistan till July 8, terming it “judicial activism”.
The high court issued an order Monday to suspend the video-sharing app TikTok across Pakistan till July 8, nearly three months after the country had lifted a ban imposed on it.
Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry warned of consequences Pakistan will face in case it did not carry out judicial reforms.
“Pakistan will never come out of its economic crisis if judicial reforms are not undertaken,” he tweeted.
“I’m baffled after reading yesterday’s verdicts on suspension of TikTok and the removal of the NBP president, and can’t help but wonder: what are our courts doing?” asked the information minister.
Chaudhry noted that Pakistan, already, was suffering from losses worth billions of dollars due to “judicial activism”.
SHC suspend TikTok again
The SHC’s ruling came during a hearing on a petition filed to suspend the app Monday, where the court issued a notice to the attorney general of Pakistan and directed him to follow the orders and get the app suspended.
Presenting his arguments in the court, the petitioner’s lawyer said the Peshawar High Court had earlier banned TikTok as some videos uploaded on the platform are “immoral and against the teachings of Islam.”
The lawyer had said his client had approached the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) before moving the court, however, the PTA did not do anything in this regard.
A delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists led by PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat called on Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain.