The TikTok ban imposed by the Sindh High Court (SHC) has met with great criticism from the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. The verdict states that the ban will remain till July 8. The minister termed it as “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. Chaudhry took to twitter to warn of consequences that 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”. This is not the first time the minister has criticised the court’s verdict, especially those concerning digital apps in Pakistan. In February, the minister had said judicial activism in the past set back Pakistan’s technological progress. Speaking at the International Media Conference in February, Chaudhry had lamented that Pakistan’s relations with digital media companies deteriorated due to some court decisions taken in 2014. He had regretted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s decision to block TikTok last year. “I plead with judges not to hear cases relating to digital media,” he had said. The minister had highlighted that if Pakistan does not alter its state policies, it will never be able to attract foreign investment. “Political and economic independence moulds an individual’s life,” he had said. The question arises, why did the SHC suspend the app again? The ruling came out 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. Rising levels of Islamophobia Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday expressed his grave concerns over the worrying levels of Islamophobia in western society and hoped that effective measures would be taken to prevent such repugnant incidents. In a tweet, he said, a Pakistani family was martyred in a racist attack in Canada, and now, again motivated by hate, another Muslim named Kashif was attacked by the extremists with daggers in the city of Saskatoon, Canada.