PTA lifts ban on PUBG game

By: News Desk      Published: 07:30 PM, 30 Jul, 2020
PTA lifts ban on PUBG game

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday restored online game PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds).

The PTA spokesperson said that the official of PUBG game assured the PTA of addressing their concerns. The PTA restored the online game after PUBG administration took positive steps in this regard.

The PUBG officials assured the PTA that the company would make sure that game would not leave a negative impact on its users.

The PTA banned the PUBG game temporarily on July 1 after three children in Lahore committed suicide in a week after playing the game.

Earlier, Punjab Police had also written to the PTA for banning the online game due to its adverse effects on the youth.

Last month, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to decide if the popular online game PUBG should be banned in Pakistan.

A division bench of the LHC headed by Justice Atir Mahmood heard a petition calling for a ban on PUBG. Petitioner Faizan Maqsood pleaded the online game was leaving a negative impact on children and fuelling violent tendencies in them. He said that PUBG had left a negative impact on the decision-making ability of children and urged the court to order removal of the online game from Play Store app. The court after hearing the arguments directed the PTA to decide the matter within six weeks.

Pakistan would not be the first country to ban the online game if the PTA decides in favour of the petitioner. In July 2019, Jordan banned the popular but brutal online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, citing its “negative effects” on the kingdom’s citizens.