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Waqar Zaka challenges PUBG ban in Karachi court

Temporary ban was imposed on July 1

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Posted: Jul 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 12 months ago

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Pakistan’s temporary ban on online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been challenged in the Sindh High Court by TV host Waqar Zaka.

The ban was imposed on July 1 after the PTA 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 children”.

PUBG is a “popular, cheap and an easily available recreational activity” for young people around the globe, said Zaka in the petition.

Many players earn money by uploading videos of their gameplay, while competitive players represent Pakistan by taking part in international gaming competitions. Banning the game will affect the e-sports business, he claimed.

He says the claim that the “game is addictive, wastage of time, and poses various negative impacts on the physical and psychological health of the children” is “completely untrue, based on wrong and faulty reasoning and lack of judgement”.

He has asked the court to set aside the notification.

The federal government, PTA chairperson and the secretaries of science and technology and information ministry have been named as respondents.

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  1. Adeel  July 3, 2020 12:55 pm/ Reply

    Hi.. I think PTA have to set the time to run this game because i think (game is addictive, wastage of time, and poses various negative impacts on the physical and psychological health of the children), in my opinion it is True…

  2. Muhammad Maaz shah  July 3, 2020 6:14 pm/ Reply

    no it is not true that this game is wastage of time and effects health however this game can make the condition of economy good and our country will progress because of e sports because many youngsters make e sports as their career and they earn money in shape of dollars which help the country grow these young streamers and players earn money to live and by banning we will only gain loss.many companies are investing money in Pakistan because of pubg and by this investment country,s economy will progress and we will gain benefit from it the one,s who died by playing are gone and by banning you will destroy many youngsters life because they earn from it just think let me tell you an example thousands of students suicide because of depression of their studies burden and also many people suicide by not getting a job so you should ban educational institutions than but you cant because you are afraid that the country will not progress s like that pubg also plays a vital role in progress of our country and if you want to ban it so then give the youngsters jobs so they wont play pubg but you cant give jobs so the youngsters play pubg and earn by uploading gameplay videos and it will be a stupid decision to ban pubg and banning everything is not a solution for every problem try to face problems okay

  3. malaika  July 7, 2020 4:50 am/ Reply

    For everyone thinking the game is a wastage of time and affects your childrens health, NA KHELENY DO UNKO. This game clearly states its for 16+ and above. IF YOUR KID HAS NO SELF CONTROL, DO NOT BLAME THE GAME!

  4. Logic  July 7, 2020 4:03 pm/ Reply

    “This game is a wastage of time” How about you take the device from your kids????

  5. Haseeb  July 10, 2020 5:55 pm/ Reply

    Those parents who can’t control their children, should not blame PUBG. Try to search ways of controlling their children.

  6. Rot  July 10, 2020 7:39 pm/ Reply

    Yes make a timing of game that only 4 hours we can play this game.

  7. ALI RAZA  July 23, 2020 4:31 am/ Reply

    if this game is a wastage of time so please let us waste our time you are not responsible for this so please stop making lame excuses if your children are out of control it’s your problem, not us don’t give them mobile. stop them it’s your problem and if you have still a problem with PUBG so do one thing start giving salary to all youtube streamers who play pubg and make money we will stop playing instantly.

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