A lawyer approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday seeking its directives for the authorities concerned to ban highly popular social media app TikTok in Pakistan.
Advocate Nadeem Sarwar states in his petition that the video-sharing app is disastrous for the younger generation as it is not only leading to wastage of time and money but also peddling vulgarity.
Besides, he submitted, acts of blackmailing and harassment are on the rise because of TikTok. If not banned, it would prove to be harmful to the country’s social fabric, he added.
Therefore, he pleaded with the high court issued directives for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to impose a permanent ban on the use of TikTok.
On July 12, a number of citizens held a protest demonstration against TikTok and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG) in Peshawar.
The protestors carried banners with slogans against both apps inscribed on them and demanded that the government impose a permanent ban on their use in the country.
Earlier, The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) had banned the online game PUBG across Pakistan.
According to a statement issued by PTA’s spokesperson, PUBG’s game service has been temporarily suspended in Pakistan.
Press Release: In view of complaints received from different segments of society, PTA has decided to temporarily suspend the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game. pic.twitter.com/ZUea4G277k
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
As a rapid increase in suicide due to PUBG, Punjab’s IG police had also sent a letter to PTA to impose a complete ban on the game.
CPO Lahore Zulfiqar Hameed mentioned that 3 youngsters had so far committed suicide due to the game’s addiction.
It is pertinent to mention here that many people across the world had killed themselves while playing this violent game.