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IHC orders to remove ban on online game PUBG


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

24th Jul, 2020. 11:11 am
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Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday has ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to remove ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game.

According to the details, the court has ordered to lift ban on the online game PUBG.

Justice Aamer Farooq of the bench, while hearing the case announced the verdict that was reserved on July 14.

On July 14, The Islamabad High Court reserved its judgment on a petition challenging ban on PUBG game in the country by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Justice Aamer Farooq, hearing the case, remarked that the PTA should have taken the advice from psychiatric before banning the game. The court asked the PTA”s lawyer that under what section of the law the department had imposed ban on PUBG.

The bench asked the lawyer to mention any complaint which alleged the game having anti-Islamic material. The court said that the PTA should have taken decision as per law.

Lawyer of PUBG Company stated his client company had attended the PTA meeting dated July 9, regarding the matter. The PTA told us about hearing but it was conducting consultation meeting, he said.

On July 1, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had temporarily banned PUBG for being “addictive” and detrimental to players’ health.

According to a statement by PTA, “It had received numerous complaints against the game 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”.

It added that the decision came on the back of complaints received from different segments of society as well as media reports claiming “cases of suicide attributed to game”.

“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,” it added.

 

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