Hareem Shah to support govt ban on TikTok if imposed

By: News Desk
Published: 12:28 PM, 17 Jul, 2020
Hareem Shah to support govt ban on TikTok if imposed
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The very reason and source that made Hareem Shah a celebrity is not an essential part of life for her as she supported the possible ban on the popular app on Friday.

Expressing her views while talking to the hosts at 24NewsHD TV channel morning show 24@9, Hareem Shah said although the TikTok made her famous, one should support the government if any decision was taken.

She was also asked about the people who have thousands of followers and are earning money through the famous but controversial app and recent ban on PUBG (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) which has badly affected the gaming industry.

Her reply was that educating the people first before using such social media tools should be the priority.

Lahore DIG Operations Ashfaq Ahmed Khan fully supported the ban on PUBG, saying it was resulting in militarising the minds and attracting the youth towards crimes.

In reply to the question about its impacts on gaming industry and its beneficiaries, he was of the opinion that drug and illegal businesses were also a source of income for many. The people interested in racing should take part in Cholistan rally instead of driving bikes rashly on the city roads, he added.

The social media apps and usage have become a hot topic in society where conservative views are still predominant.

But there are many who are angry over the PUBG ban and some have many challenged the decision.

In this connection, the Islamabad High Court reserved its verdict on the petition pertaining to the ban on PUBG on Tuesday after completion of arguments by parties.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) objected to the petition filed by PUBG's controlling company in Pakistan.

"Under which law did you ban the game," questioned Justice Amir Farooq to which the PTA lawyer contended that the game appears to contain anti-Islamic and immoral material which led to the ban.

The court also asked whether the PTA would shut down everything if asked for, the CPO were to ask it to. "Which complaint mentioned that the game is against Islamic teachings?"

The counsel for PTA said in his reply that the situation had unfolded such that the game had to be suspended.

“You have to take decisions according to the law not the situation,” remarked Justice Amir Farooq and added, “There are other games as well which are perhaps even more violent.”