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IHC orders to lift PUBG ban

ISLAMABAD : The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday lifted a ban on online game PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG). The court on Tuesday last reserved its verdict on a petition seeking to revoke the suspension of popular online game PUBG. The decision to lift the ban was announced by Justice Amir Farooq while hearing a petition filed against the banning of the game. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) made it clear that the ban should remain enforced on online game PUBG) in the country. According to a declaration issued by the PTA, the administration of the PUBG game failed to give desired information including sessions of the game, number of users and details about its controls. Therefore the ban over PUBG continues, the PTA said. It may be noted that earlier this month, the PTA decided to temporarily ban online game PUBG in the country. A PTA spokesman had said that a decision to permanently ban the PUBG would be made after consultations. “We have received many complaints regarding the game,” he said, adding that complaints termed the game as a waste of time and further claimed that it was causing a negative impact on the children. The PTA action came in the backdrop of a complaint at the Lahore High Court (LHC) by parents of two children who committed suicide in Lahore after they were denied permission to play the game.

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