LHC Orders PTA to Ban PUBG in Pakistan

LHC directed the PTA to ban PUBG in Pakistan, after a division bench of the LHC headed by Justice Atir Mahmood heard a petition from a citizen, Faizan Maqsood, against the online game.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban PUBG in Pakistan. The decision came after Justice Atir Mahmood headed a division bench of the LHC and heard a petition from a citizen, Faizan Maqsood, against the online game.

PUBG is a video game similar to Hunger Games, in the sense that it pits marooned characters against each another in a virtual fight to the death, and has become one of the world’s most popular mobile games.

According to the petitioner, PUBG has negative impact on children’s decision making ability, as well as bring out their violent tendencies. After listening to Faizan, the division bench ordered PTA to take action against it within six weeks. If PTA favors the LHC directive, then Pakistan will be added to list of many countries that have banned the game, or are in the process to.

Countries other than Pakistan that have Banned PUBG

In 2019, Jordan banned PUBG on the basis of its impacts on the citizens of its kingdom. A source in Jordan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority warned the game “had negative effects on its users, which led to its being officially blocked”. Afterwards, similar bans were implemented in Iraq, Nepal, Gujarat (in India) and the Indonesian province of Aceh.


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