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    PUBG temporarily banned in Pakistan by PTA

    Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday, 1st July 2020 suspended PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), all over Pakistan. This action was taken after numerous complaints were received by PTA from different sections of the society. Most of these complaints were about the mental and psychological impact the game has on the youth. PTA regarded the game as, ‘addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of children’. Therefore, the game is suspended in the country until further notice. Moreover, PTA also urged people to email their feedback about the game at consultation-pubg@pta.gov.pk by July 10, 2020.

    PTA's official twitter account announced ban on online game PUBG via a tweet and notification.
    Screenshot of PTA’s tweet regarding PUBG ban in Pakistan.

    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also commonly known as PUBG is the latest sensation of the gaming world. Ranked as the top earning global game of 2019, PUBG is all the rage these days with the young gamers.

    Teenagers reported to commit suicide due to the adverse psychological impact of PUBG

    Recently in Lahore, a 10th grade student was found hanging from the ceiling. Police found a mobile close to the body with the PUBG game running on it. The student’s parents also confirmed a changed behavior in their child lately due to the game.

    A 22 year old in Quetta had committed suicide because he was unable to complete a mission in the game.

    The police also reported an incident, where a 20-year-old committed suicide in Lahore’s Saddar Bazaar area. This was because the boy’s parents had stopped him from playing the online game.

    Subsequently, Honorable Lahore High Court also took notice and directed PTA to look into the issue. In this regard, a hearing will be conducted on 9th July 2020.

    Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Zulfiqar Hameed wrote a letter to IG Punjab, informing him about the recent suicides and demanded the game be banned for some time.

    Police regards such actions as a result of addiction to the game and Pakistan is not the only country to be affected by the PUBG addiction.

    PTA has received mixed reviews over the ban of the game. Parents appreciate the steps taken by the authorities, whereas players are requesting for the ban to be lifted. Nonetheless, PUBG still remains a subject of controversy in many countries.

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