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.
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.”
Other interested parties also attended the hearing. PTA has approached PUBG management to share data about PUBG sessions and users in Pakistan and controls in place by the company. However, response from PUBG is awaited.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 23, 2020
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]
The Authority also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard public is encouraged to provide feedback through [email protected] by July 10, 2020.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
Consequently, Pakistani PUBG Players are showing their gratitude and appraisal for Waqar Zaka for highlighting this issue. Moreover, #Thankyouwaqarzaka is trending on twitter today.
Let me present U
One Man Army,
The man who played solo vs squad against PTA,
The man who gave them headshots with AWM,
None other than @ZakaWaqar.
Retweet this or use this hashtag to thank him.#thankyouwaqarzaka pic.twitter.com/Kj2zeF0z6q
— M. Yousaf Khan (@Yousafk001) July 24, 2020
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banned PUBG and endangered eSports in Pakistan. This man filed court cases and waited outside courts in the heat of the summer and got PUBG unbanned. He's also gonna be the one that brings Paypal, Amazon, BTC in Pakistan#Thankyouwaqarzaka pic.twitter.com/S8WB4XVZoI
— HKM (@codeHKM) July 24, 2020
Peoples just keep saying He is doing these type of things for fame, whatever you think man, we know that no one from those people stand for this issue.
Solo vs squad. @ZakaWaqar#pubgbaninpakistan #ThankYouJusticeAmirFarooq #ITMinisterResignDo pic.twitter.com/vvycEHRDr7
— Program.mer (@RahimDCruZ) July 24, 2020
Finally, the day has come we have been waiting for. No doubt many people did efforts to unban this game but the most hardworking person i have ever seen in this regard is @ZakaWaqar.
— Noor Rajput (@NoorRaj61280358) July 24, 2020
Congratulations to all the PUBG players out there.
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