Islamabad High Court Rejects Petition Against Ban On Game

Islamabad High Court Rejects Petition Against Ban On Game


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday forwarded a petition against a ban on PUBG. The petition asked the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) to issue a written order in this regard as per law.

Justice Aamer Farooq conducted the single-bench hearing on the petition filed by a citizen Abdul Haseeb Nasir. 

Why PTA imposed a temporary ban on PUBG?

The PTA ban the online multiplayer “battle royale” game PUBG on July 1. As per details, PTA took this step after receiving numerous complaints from different cities of Pakistan”. The complaints include suicidal cases of teenagers over PUBG.

“The received complaints stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses a serious negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the children.”

During the hearing, Justice Amir Farooq asked the PTA lawyer why they decided to suspend the game. The council said that Punjab police has written a letter to PTA and mentioned the suicides of PUBG players.

Besides all these complaints from parents and many suicidal cases, Lahore High Court directed the PTA to look into this matter. LHC decides to conduct a hearing on July 9, 2020. 

The judge noted that if the PTA wanted to ban the game, it would have to mention the rules under which the game should be banned. He later directed the regulator to issue a written order under the law.

PUBG- a game or a source of earning?

For many players, PUBG is more than a game. It becomes a source of earning for those who are playing ambitiously.

The petitioner is a PUBG player named ‘FS BLACK’ said he had won the PUBG tournament in Pakistan and was to join the PUBG World League on July 10. If not, he will miss a tremendous opportunity.

He denied the PTA’s argument behind the ban, saying that the E-sports industry is booming all over the world, while Pakistan is moving in the opposite direction.

In June Pakistani gaming community has burst out of joy when PUBG mobile has added a mobile server. Finally, the gaming community of Pakistan was acknowledged by any gaming corporation.

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