Temporarily banned PUBG game in Pakistan
The popular multiplayer online battle game player Unknown Battleground (PUBG) has been temporarily banned in Pakistan for “addictive” and players’ health, according to a notification issued by the country’s telecommunications regulatory body on Wednesday.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said that “there have been many complaints against PUBG, stating that the game is addictive, a waste of time and has a serious negative impact on the physical and psychological health of children”.
It added that the decision was claimed in media reports along with complaints received from various sectors of the society that “suicide cases are responsible for the PUBG game”.
He said that the Honorable Lahore High Court has directed the PTA to look into the matter and decide the case after hearing the complainants. A hearing in this regard is being held on 9 July 2020.
The statement further said, “The Authority has also decided to address the views of the public in the context of the said online game.
Lahore police writes to IGP to get PUBG banned in Pakistan
According to the details, CCPO Lahore Zulfiqar Hameed, in a letter, has requested Punjab Police Inspector General Shoaib Dastagir to immediately ban the popular online game by writing a letter to the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)).
“PUBG is an online multiplayer game that has gained immense popularity among the youth. The letter states that the game should be banned immediately as it leads to aggressive behavior and suicide with teenagers.
It should be noted that the Lahore Police decided to ban the popular online game Playersnews Battleground (PUBG) following the incidents of teen suicide while playing sports in Lahore.
On Tuesday, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Operations Wing) Lahore, Ashfaq Khan had said that he will write a letter to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) seeking a ban on hugely popular but brutal game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
He said that the suicide of two teenagers in the past four days in Lahore is a tragic incident and the online game must be banned now.
Last month, the LHC had directed the concerned authorities to ban the popular online game following its negative impacts on the children.
The directives had been issued by a division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Atir Mahmood on May 18 following a petition which stated the PUBG gameplay is severely affecting education and psychological progress of the children.
Almost the same complaints and concerned have been raised against PUBG being a popular online game among youth in various countries around the world where teenagers and minors have even lost their lives due to the addictive game.
According to reports, four countries have banned PUBG Mobile include India, China, Nepal and Iraq, however, the ban was later lifted in India and Nepal.