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Pakistan imposes temporary ban on PUBG

Decision taken in light of recent suicides linked to it

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 1, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Posted: Jul 1, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Pakistan imposes temporary ban on PUBG

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Pakistan has decided to impose a temporary ban on online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also known as PUBG, the PTA confirmed Wednesday.

The PTA said a decision on its permanent ban will be made after holding lengthy discussions with all stakeholders.

The authority has 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,” it said in a press statement.

People who want to share their opinion on the matter with the PTA have been encouraged to provide feedback on by July 10, 2020.

PUBG, which has been developed by a South Korean company, is a 2017 survival game in which players are dropped onto an island to battle it out against others.

The multiplayer game allows players from all over the world to compete against each other or in teams. Players attack and kill each other in the game and the more you win, the higher you rank. It has garnered 34.2 million downloads worldwide so far.

Read more: Why should kids not play PUBG?

As many as three cases of suicide in Lahore have been linked with young adults playing this online game.

On June 20, a 20-year-old took his own life in Saddar Bazaar in North Cantonment. The police said that his parents had stopped him from playing the online game.

Three days later, another suicide was reported in Hanjarwal. The DIG Operations Ashfaq Ahmed Khan said that they found the young man’s cell phone in the room and the PUBG app was running on it.

The police found the body of a 30-year-old man at his flat in Lahore’s Factory Area on Tuesday night. “We are investigating the case and can’t determine the exact reason behind the death,” a police officer said, adding that it can’t be confirmed whether the death was another case linked with playing online games.

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  1. Muhammad Huzaifa  July 1, 2020 7:31 pm/ Reply

    it shouldnt be banned

    • Muhammad shahid  July 2, 2020 7:07 pm/ Reply

      Don’t ban pubg

  2. hamza hamshed  July 1, 2020 8:45 pm/ Reply

    it shouldn’t be banned bec first of all its just a game for entertainment and also it develop the human behavior ,biologically and psychologically
    it teaches how to cope up with panic situations which increase the adrenaline rush which has obviously great benefits
    it teaches the team work making strategies , patience ,and after failing try restarting but never give up like abilities

  3. Amaz S. khan Abbasi  July 1, 2020 9:07 pm/ Reply

    it’s just a game like many others on playstore, it’s not the cause of their deaths, suicide is linked with mental pressure, something a game can’t do to a person (only when someone have had mental issues before), there can be many other reasons for sure but to finish a case as soon as possible (which also shows their incompetence and laziness) just to jump on to a conclusion, I’ve been playing it from a longtime and it hasn’t made me think of killing myself, it’s a fun game, they should ban tiktok as we need good content creators, not some idiots dancing Infront of a mobile phone.

  4. Aamir iqbal  July 1, 2020 9:47 pm/ Reply

    Please no banned this please ess se tu pak community age bar rahe h

  5. muzammil  July 1, 2020 9:55 pm/ Reply

    plz dont banned pubg

  6. ayan  July 1, 2020 9:55 pm/ Reply

    # no pubg ban

  7. SHAYAN  July 1, 2020 10:00 pm/ Reply


  8. lovely sing  July 2, 2020 10:48 am/ Reply

    bhai main khe raha hon pubg ban ni honi chaheya

  9. Anonymous  July 2, 2020 1:45 pm/ Reply

    dont ban

  10. .-.  July 2, 2020 2:14 pm/ Reply

    PUBG has nothing to do with their deaths, they are all adults and know better than to takes their lives because of a game. Don’t ban PUBG because right now, it’s the only source of entertainment for us. You others might have some boring work which keeps you busy but we’re stuck at home having nothing else to do. Why ruin our lockdown just because people think a game is a “waste of time”. Tik Tok is something that should be banned, it’s much worse and a much more waste of time rather than a shooting game. There are also other games like PUBG but just because PUBG is more popular, you decide to go and ban it for “the better”.

  11. Abdullah  July 2, 2020 3:09 pm/ Reply

    A son

  12. Tabish Scorp  July 2, 2020 5:08 pm/ Reply

    This has come out as a shitty decision to ban PUBG where after all it’s just a game with colorful characters and nice gameplay, it provides pure entertainment only and does not make anyone mentally sick, instead, you can release your frustration by playing it, gaming is just another platform to relax when you are tired physically and stressed or when you need some “ME” time.

    Some weirdos and old-timers in our country are talking non-sense continuously…how can they be so sure of what they are saying when they never had any experience with gaming??

    These people are responsible for our country to be left behind in the race of getting technology cause they think crap with their old rotten brains which are of no further use.

    To the authorities: if you want to ban something then I would like to point out “Kite Flying” which is truly dangerous, a lot of people get killed including children due to the illegal strings being used, these weirdos and old-timers don’t see this or can’t put effective ban on this??

    In the end, I hope that a temporary ban on PUBG will be lifted soon and there won’t be any further steps taken in the future against online gaming.

  13. syed zaeem  July 3, 2020 12:29 pm/ Reply

    unban pubg

  14. Waleed  July 4, 2020 4:31 pm/ Reply

    No ban pubg plzz

  15. Haseeb javed  July 4, 2020 7:48 pm/ Reply

    I think pubg should not be banned. It is just played for entertainment purposes and the suicides were not only bcz of pubg people have different matters in their lives. This will destroy pakistan ESPORTS and the careers of people who earned from it.

  16. sahil  July 9, 2020 3:14 pm/ Reply

    parents ko chahiya ky apny bachoun ka khud khayal rakhy

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