PTA temporarily suspends popular online game PUBG
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP) July 1, 2020: In view of complaints received from different segments of society, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to temporarily suspend the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game.
“The PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses a serious negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the children,” the authority said in a statement on Wednesday.
“According to recent media reports, cases of suicide attributed to PUBG game have also been reported. The Lahore High Court has also directed the PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on July 9,” the statement said.
The authority has also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard, the public had been encouraged to provide feedback on firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10.
On June 23, a 16-year-old boy had allegedly committed suicide in Lahore after his parents told him to stop playing PUBG. Police said that they had found the young man’s cell phone in the room and the PUBG app was running on it. In a similar case on June 20, a 20-year-old boy took his life in Saddar Bazaar in North Cantonment of Lahore when his parents had stopped him from playing the game.
In May, the LHC had directed the PTA to decide about banning the popular online game in Pakistan.
Pakistan will be the second country to ban the game over its negative aspects. In July 2019, Jordan had banned the popular game citing its negative effects on the kingdom’s citizens.