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PUBG ban: PTA explains why game remains blocked in Pakistan

Islamabad court ordered PTA to remove ban on July 24

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 27, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jul 27, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

Online game Players’ Unknown Battle Ground remains blocked in Pakistan even after the Islamabad High Court ordered the authorities to remove the ban on the game on July 24.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that it won’t unblock the game. It said, in a detailed verdict, that it has the mandate to make the decision under Section 37 of the PECA. The section gives the authority the power to block access to or remove ‘speech’ from content it finds objectionable.

It said that it took the decision because it “received numerous complaints/letters from other segments of society on the issue of banning PUBG”.

Read more: Pakistan court orders PUBG to be unbanned

The authority remarked that it came across various “papers and reports on the impact of internet games, specifically PUBG, on the mental and physical health” of the players.

It said that the game affects players in the following ways:

  1. Violence: Excessive violence can set off aggressive emotions, thoughts, and behaviour in players.
  2. Addiction: PUBG makes people less productive.
  3. Less social/human interaction: Due to long playing hours, the player ends up becoming less socially active.
  4. Bad physical health: Sitting around in one place and playing for long hours is not good for physical health. Staring at the computer screen for long hours can affect eyesight and cause a headache.
  5. Bad mental health: In 2018, the WHO concluded video gaming addiction was a mental disorder. Video games are known to be the reason for depressions in many people and people who are addicted to PUBG many get easily stressed out or face anxiety issues in public due to less social interaction.
  6. Less sleep: One might not feel like sleeping because the game isn’t over yet. So, in the time one should be sleeping, he can end up playing a game which affects his sleeping pattern.
  7. Bad academic scores: The academic performance of students is affected as gaming sessions tend to last longer.
  8. Losing family: Some people like to play PUBG during family functions and it leads to a lack of communication and understanding.
  9. Gets irritable: A child, who is addicted to gaming, tends to get irritated at the smallest of things or if parents interfere in something.

The Islamabad High Court ordered the PTA to unblock the game while approving a petition filed against the authority’s decision to ban the game in Pakistan.

The PTA, however, said that the ban it imposed on the online game will remain in place. The authority had asked the game developers to share data about PUBG sessions, its users in Pakistan and regulatory measures, but no response has been received yet.

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  1. MOLVINO  July 27, 2020 3:39 pm/ Reply

    Looks like PTA workers have learned a new ability to BAN various applications now they are just putting their new ability to use how convenient

  2. main nahi bataunga  July 27, 2020 3:39 pm/ Reply

    @pta agar ban kar rahe ho to ham to khelenge hum ap ki bat nahi sunenge kun ke ap ne apne se bare idare yani Islamabad High Court ki bhi bat nahi suni to hum ap ki kun suneeee

  3. Dr. Ali Sufyan  July 27, 2020 3:59 pm/ Reply

    Research proven Medical Negative aspects on one side and reducing productivity subsequently human resources on the other. Although we might disagree with many of PTA’s standings however its stance on PUBG is appreciatable. Exaggerated responce of youth can be partly explained by neurological changes in brain that occurs very similar to addiction.

    • Nouman  July 28, 2020 10:11 am/ Reply

      Are you in your senses ? Cigarettes are not banned in this country but games are ? Are you fricking kidding me ?

      Firstly, As you said medical and scientific aspects aside, it is the job of parents to moderate their kids on the usage of devices, It is the job of the adult to differentiate between the entertainment and addiction, to be able to moderate himself and know between right and wrong. If your families, schools, universities, tv, media and the society at large, was unable to raise a conscientious, moderate, self aware and rational adult, than it’s your damn fault, not the game’s.

      Secondly, PTA has no right, whatsoever, to ban a video game, that does not break any constitutional law. Right to ban anything that isn’t appropriate is not a law, it’s a nonsensical LICENSE TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.

      This is a violation of a basic human right, the RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

      Do your job, don’t start your own fricking DICTATORSHIP.

  4. Anonymous  July 27, 2020 4:12 pm/ Reply

    Very bad decision by PTA. From this point of view i think they will ban every thing like Facebook, Instagram, twitter.
    Wait a minute, can you ban studing because many student could not sleep before exams due to pressure, they have serious pressure of exams so, when are you banning exams in Pakistan. Just shame on you. PTA is just doing this in ego. This is child responsibility or of parent to make a time table and decide the time in which he can play game. I am use to study 3 hours in morning and then 4.5 hours in taking online lecture. Have i no rights to refresh my mind by having some fun with my friend in night.
    PTA should take decision back.

  5. Umer  July 27, 2020 4:31 pm/ Reply

    PTA is one of the most useless departments of Pakistan, I am living in a country where a 24Yr old need to seek from Telecommunication authority that what is good and what is not for my health. I am a software engineer and would never invest my money for any type of game or online platform for this country unless the sort out their priorities and laws. What a stupid explanation from PTA.

  6. PUBG PLAYERS  July 27, 2020 4:48 pm/ Reply

    im really very sorry to say this but this decision is insensible. i didnt knew that our own country would be so senseless and uneducated. you are talking about violence? so my dear, violence is in every game. even in bubble booster you have to shoot the bubbles, and i think thats also violence isnt it?
    addiction? people are more addicted to Candy Crush, if you think im defending pubg by saying some random name so you can gladly check it out on Google and not only that it is the most addictive game in the world, so should’nt it also be banned in world?less social/human interaction? okay wait so you want the children to have human and social interaction IN THIS PANDEMIC. okay then, we will go out play and interact with people in this pandemic. DONT brag/cry/complain when the corona cases went high. Physical health? okay i agree that it does effect the eyes and health physically but as the matter of fact pubg announces its own policy in which you cant play more than @ hours in a row. We would initially get a a notice from its authority. bad mental health? mental health was– no no wait is also bad due to the education system as well as our surronding. dont you think it should become better before you complain about a Game? less sleep? again, children dont get sleep due to studies also. did we asked you to ban the education? no, exactly.Bad academic scores? you see games are played on mobile, mobike needs battery, or due you think it is also effecting? no mobile gives lifeline battery timing or is it? losing family how? by playing a game? parents are already in so much dramas and news sometimes. OH wait your gonna ban youtube. and then TV’s in Pakistan then mobile phones? my bad, i thought they are not ban but wohooo this is PTA they dont listen to HIGH COURT how awesome. this just clearly shows that PAKISTANS HIGH COURT DOSENT MEAN ANYTHING TO ANYONE ITS JUST AN NORMAL ROOM FOR PEOPLE RIGHT?
    gets irritable? we would get irritable when someone distrub our sleep, while we eat and also do anything we are doing. Are YOU not getting irritated right now cause PAKISTANS HIGH COURT HAS TAKEN THE RIGHT SIDE AND NOT YOUR”RIHT SIDE”? yes you are thats why you have decided to go against THE PAKISTAN’S HIGH COURT its such a shame that even thou this is “ISLAMI JAMORIYAT OF PAKISTAN” we still are being stubborn and banning the thing which is benefiting the islamic country for a while. AND AS PER YOU KNOW pubg is benefiting the country’s loan. but no, anyway grow up for once oops but you are already grown up but still dont know what is right for his own people and county.


  7. Anonymous  July 27, 2020 5:27 pm/ Reply

    Yaar PTA ap ko pata hai pubg ban ho ya ta to Suicide kitna Zada ho ya hai ap ducky bhai /saad ur rehman you tuber hai us ki video and opinion dekho and falsa karo theeek ……??? Yaar unban karo plzzz

  8. Mansoor malik  July 27, 2020 5:53 pm/ Reply

    The money hungry PTA doest get the money from pubg that’s why they are not unbaning pubg

  9. Alizé Naeem  July 27, 2020 6:44 pm/ Reply

    This is an immature act by PTA PUBG doesn’t make us violent or mentally\ physically ill. Parents should have control on their children and also this game is 16+ Parents should deal with their children not government. PUBG should be unbanned ! You are ruining our future.

  10. Anonymous  July 27, 2020 6:44 pm/ Reply


  11. Hassan  July 27, 2020 7:42 pm/ Reply

    Chairman PTA ko 5 hazar rupay dy diye jain tw sb maslay thk ho sktay hain .

  12. Anonymous  July 27, 2020 8:01 pm/ Reply

    just curious about one thing.. does Section 37 of the PECA, supersedes the decision of the HIGH COURT ?

  13. Anonymous  July 27, 2020 9:09 pm/ Reply

    It’s Pakistan hahaha for money they can do anything PUBG Ban, Youtube Ban these are all games of higher authorities. Inshallah, soon it will be Unbanned because they only need money to feed their heavy stomachs. Where was this PTA and Government when people, young boys were dying by suicides in cars while making TIK TOK videos, you people cannot even provide us good jobs and better education but through Youtube, we are Learning + Earning. If you people want to ban something it’s TIK TOK, it’s BIGO, ban these things to save the Pakistani youth. You people (PTA + Government) if trying to block youtube or social media or anything else from which you may harm the youth in the worst way then definitely there will be a huge Youth March waiting for you, and I’m scared that its consequences will be worst, and difficult to even imagine. So don’t try to follow rules of the China, Korea, or Turkey. It’s Pakistan and we’re Pakistanis.

  14. Nouman J Shakir  July 27, 2020 9:24 pm/ Reply

    Agree with PTA decision. It’s like poison which is destroying our youth.

  15. Khizar  July 27, 2020 9:31 pm/ Reply

    If it were up to PTA they would ban vaccines just because, “we have read various reports”.
    These people have no idea about games and they want to go against court to ban things.
    Also I used to play less than once in a month. Even I feel upset now even tho I don’t even play, how do you think young people will react, not the most rational. If anything, this will cause a rise in depression and suicide. PTA thinks they are so Hip ,so Hop, like they are the OGs of the gaming community, making decisions on behalf of people, truth is they are outdated. I bet you very few people in the PTA know more about PUBG than the average gamer. Its 30 year old people trying to ground 14 year olds, who they don’t even know. This is against the already flawed system of democracy Pakistan has chosen to adopt. Let people make their own decisions. The game literally has “I am 13 years old or older” in its terms and conditions and is rated 16+ on Google Play.

  16. Ahmed  July 27, 2020 9:33 pm/ Reply

    Only ego

  17. Pakistan  July 27, 2020 9:34 pm/ Reply

    Lol. If you care about us. Then you have to ban TikTok too. PTA

  18. Ayaz  July 27, 2020 9:46 pm/ Reply

    PTA is doing great. Though I’m also a pubg player,pro player.But PUBG Should be banned,even on VPN.Go ahead PTA.

  19. Zeeshan  July 27, 2020 9:52 pm/ Reply

    It’s seem like they don’t wanna follow someone else order . Because in Pakistan if someone got authority they shows always,
    Now I’m thinking why they are doing because of power they have ?

  20. Gamer  July 27, 2020 9:56 pm/ Reply

    Do you know WHO said the best way to pass time in quarantine is to play games

  21. Komail  July 27, 2020 9:57 pm/ Reply

    Pta doesn’t know about the other games like call of duty mobile or game for peace. These games are no different than pubg. Players would just switch over to them no problem.
    Also pta can’t stop players from using vpn

  22. Muneeb Ahmed  July 27, 2020 10:00 pm/ Reply

    Pta just wants money it is not getting money from Pubg that’s why it not unbanning it. If they are highlighting addiction as the main reason, then they could just set a in-game time limit like you can play for 2 hours then the game will not run. Banning is not ideal decision actually it is the worst decision!!

  23. SAMAN SHEHZADI  July 27, 2020 10:20 pm/ Reply

    Seriously it’s rubbish decision pta thinks its only one app to use for time wasting.. Health issues.. Family.. Other social media app I think people are not using and not wastage if time only thsi app have a lost of iusse seriously total rubbish… Plz think about it

  24. Aliyan  July 27, 2020 11:23 pm/ Reply

    I think they should just shut down PTA or replace it with something else

  25. Ammar  July 27, 2020 11:34 pm/ Reply

    Unband it

  26. Aslam  July 28, 2020 12:11 am/ Reply

    SO why in the name of GOD that game has to be banned? The problems mentioned needs to be solve by their parents not by banning the game. If someone’s child is playing excessively than it’s the duty of his parents to stop him. This means that parenting has been failed in our country, no one knows how to control their child. So they took the easy way or should I say the most stupid way of banning the whole platform. Shame on PTA for doing this.

  27. Ikhlaq jutt  July 28, 2020 1:37 am/ Reply


  28. Adeel Mahmood  July 28, 2020 2:39 am/ Reply

    PTA has explained only the risks but what about the benefits how we can compare risks of pubge without knowing benefits and frankly speaking all these explanation are nonsense they want money from pubge that’s the main reason.

  29. Muhammad Tameer  July 28, 2020 8:03 am/ Reply

    PTA should must rwmain ban this and all other online games in make youth progressive

  30. Umar  July 28, 2020 9:22 am/ Reply

    Well after reading the above document shared one can conclude how irresponsible kinda statement is made by the authorities.
    Games develop a strong decision making power, logic building and competitive mind. It’s a matter of fact that one get addictive to it but its not spreading any violence. Violence is spreading under the names of these media industries where you are showing violence under the name of dramas. Ban everything, ban this whole digital world than rather than controlling the individuals. We are already a 3rd world country and with such incidents and reports that spreads around the world our country image is destabilizing more. Thank you for empowering YOUTH.

  31. Hamza khan  July 28, 2020 10:07 am/ Reply

    Pta is making a childish decision of baning pubg . If a child is playing the game too much you can scold him take the mobile if playing on pc cut internet connection .

  32. Legend Ahmed  July 28, 2020 10:50 am/ Reply

    Imran khan ko vote dyy ky gltii ki….Waqar zaka is our nect PM

  33. Muhammad Noor  July 28, 2020 12:45 pm/ Reply

    jab ap log jante ho kay pakistan main esport kitna jaldi phel raha hai tu ap log kio band kar raho ho
    u are mad pakistan kay wazeeray azam is baat par koi notice nhi lay rahay wo tu bara boltay thay kay bahir say dollaar ai magar phir dollar ki source ko hi band kar rahay ho

  34. Anonymous  July 28, 2020 3:10 pm/ Reply

    wow PTA… why dont you ban all video games then??? because all of your point can easily fit on almost 90% of games… please ban all PS and xbox consoles and yes do ban high end gaming PC too…

  35. Hamza Baïg  July 28, 2020 9:39 pm/ Reply

    Hey PTA how about you ban internet as a whole and while at it ban anything that gives people entertainment even slightest of bit… PTA has just lost it’s mind and that’s all there is to it seemingly.

  36. M nahi batao ga  July 28, 2020 10:39 pm/ Reply

    pehli baat less sleep..bhai har koi dair sey sotaaa yeh point to bekaaar hey..dusri baat bad health…bhai kis insaan ki health kharaab hey?.bhai agar kharab hey bhi to tum logo ki wajaah sey hey corruption ki wajaaah sey … or ruko jaraa…bigo Q nahi ban huwa ..usmy to alag h nashey hoty hey..or naa h tiktok ko ban kiyaaa gaya ..??.bhai mujhe to aisa lagta hey k pTa waly khud bigo aur tiktok istemal krty hogy.

  37. Anonymous  July 29, 2020 1:22 pm/ Reply

    🙂 Good to see people have time to comment on some posts and see what is going on around them – otherwise you all would be busy in playing that game – think about it.
    Taking about parents needs to moderate their kids, but you all have phones 24/7 even 10 year old have it – that is first mistake parents did and trusted you – they can’t be watching you at 2am when playing PUBg in your room isolated..
    As a responsible kid/teen/adult – you PUBG players need to make your own future or ruin it by wating this time – you will never get that time back and family ties which you are missing at the momemnet.

    Relax BAN will be opened – it is PAKISTAN – but at least it has given us all a chance to realize that time is money which we were wasting.
    Make the most of this time and once BAN is opened then you can go back to it – but please make sure use your time wisely.

    NO regrets on BAN – missing PUBG but realized a lot how much free time I have and how much I can limitize myself in future.

  38. Double  July 29, 2020 1:37 pm/ Reply

    these researches are done on games not just pubg, that means you should ban every game in pakistan.
    including consoles

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