The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA’s) to remove the temporary the ban on online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) “immediately.” suspend online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) void and directed the AuthorityAuthority to remove the ban.
The decision to void the suspension was announced in a short order issued by Justice Amir Farooq.
It came right after a tweet by PTA, in which the AuthorityAuthority informed that the popular game would remain suspended in the country. It said the AuthorityAuthority had made “decision “after a detailed hearing conducted in PTA on July 9 on the Lahore High Court directions.”
PTA also informed the gaming provider that it had approached the gaming provider to “share data about PUBG sessions and users in Pakistan and controls in place” and is waiting for a response.
The ‘Addictive’ game, PUBG, had “temporarily suspended” by PTA on July 1.
In a statement supporting the ban, the AuthorityAuthority said it had received so many complaints about the game being “highly addictive”, a waste of time, and its negative impact on children’s physical and mental wellbeing.
The suspension was also denounced by social media users, using trending hashtags such as “UnbanPUBG” and “ChickendinneratDChowk” on Twitter.
Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science and Technology, tweeted, “I am against all such bans”. “Such an attitude is killing the tech industry.”
Chaudhry requested IT Minister Aminul Haque to take notice of the ban, and discourage such prohibitions.