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PTA Temporarily Bans PUBG in Pakistan

In view of complaints received from different segments of society, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to temporarily suspend the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game.

PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the Children.

According to recent media reports, cases of suicide attributed to the PUBG game have also been reported. Several cases of suicide in Lahore have been linked to the game.

Last month, a student of 10th grade was found hanging from his room in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Abbas. A smartphone with PUBG running on it was also found in the room.

On 20th June, a 20-year-old took his own life in Saddar Bazaar apparently because his parents had stopped him from playing PUBG.

Another suicide was reported in Hanjarwal three days later. Ashfaq Ahmed Khan, DIG Operations, said that the young man’s body was found with his cellphone which was running PUBG at the time.

On Tuesday night, police found the body of a 30-year-old man in his flat in Lahore’s Factory Area. A police officer said, “We are investigating the case and can’t determine the exact reason behind the death”. However, according to the officer, the death cannot yet be linked with PUBG or playing online games.

Honorable Lahore High court has also directed PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on the 9th of July 2020.

The Authority also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard, the public is encouraged to provide feedback through consultation-pubg@pta.gov.pk by July 10, 2020.

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