PTA temporarily suspends ‘addictive’ online game PUBG, citing health concerns

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) decided to temporarily suspend an online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
They released a statement in which they said it had been receiving several complaints against the game for being addictive, a waste of time, and its potential negative impact on children’s physical and psychological health.
According to media reports, cases of suicide attributed to the game were also reported. The Lahore High Court had called upon PTA to look into the issue and decide what to do about the matter after hearing the complaints.
PTA said, “A hearing will be conducted in this regard on the 9th of July.”
The PTA also urged the public to provide their feedback regarding the online game by emailing them by the 10th of July.
On 23 June, Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Zulfiqar Hameed recommended that online games should be banned.
The CCPO had taken the matter to higher authorities with a letter referring to the death by suicide of a teenage boy, who was a passionate player of the game.
He wrote to Punjab IGP Shoaib Dastagir seeking his help to move a reference to the authorities as he was concerned for the ban on PUBG.


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