Islamabad High Court orders PTA to unban PUBG in Pakistan

Islamabad High Court orders PTA to unban PUBG in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to unban the famous mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in Pakistan.

Also Read: PTA temporarily ban PUBG in Pakistan due to increasing suicidal cases over the game

Earlier, a tweet was posted by PTA authorities revealing that the game would be blocked in the country. “This decision has been taken by the authority following a detailed hearing in the PTA on July 9 on the direction of the Lahore High Court.”

The PTA added that it had contacted the gaming company for “sharing data about PUBG sessions and users in Pakistan and reaching out to them under their control” and was awaiting a response.

Justice Amir Farooq ordered the regulator to unban PUBG immediately. The court reserved its decision after hearing the arguments of the parties.

However, lawyers for both parties, PUBG Company and Pakistan Telecommunications appeared in court. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the matter of the increasing number of suicides in the country over the PUBG game. The PTA had imposed a temporary ban on it.

Subsequently, the judge inquires the PTA’s lawyer under which provision of the law they ban the game. The PTA should have called a psychologist to get their opinion on the effect.
The PTA lawyer said that it contained some anti-Islamic material that led to the ban.

The temporary ban by PTA

Following the complaints received by PTA  from different segments of the society and parents. It imposed a temporary ban on PUBG on 1st July. Many suicide cases and attempts to take their own lives by youngsters proved to be a decisive factor. Right after that, the internet regulator decided to continue the temporary suspension of the game after the hearing on 9th July.

PTA, however, failed to decide on the matter after hearing the petitioners and comments from the public. PTA had earlier asked the general public to submit their response on the ban by emailing their messages to [email protected]

Consequently, Pakistani PUBG Players are showing their gratitude and appraisal for Waqar Zaka for highlighting this issue. Moreover, #Thankyouwaqarzaka is trending on twitter today.

Also Read: Waqar Zaka Calls For Chicken Dinner At DChowk In An Effort To Get PUBG Unbanned

Congratulations to all the PUBG players out there.

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