Pakistan unblocks PUBG after a month

July 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD : Online game Players’ Unknown Battle Ground has been unblocked in Pakistan after nearly a month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority confirmed on Thursday. The ban was imposed on July 1. The PTA said, in a statement, that the decision was made during a meeting between the authority and lawyers of the Proximae Beta Pte Ltd, which runs the game in Pakistan. Proxima Beta representatives briefed the authority on the queries raised by the PTA with respect to “controls put in place by PB to prevent misuse” of the game. The authority was satisfied by the efforts taken by the PB and emphasised on “continued engagement and a comprehensive control mechanism”. “Keeping in view the positive engagement and response of the company, the authority has decided to unban PUBG,” the statement added. The Islamabad High Court ordered the authorities to remove the ban on the game on July 24. The PTA, however, said that it won’t unblock the game. It said, in a detailed verdict, that it has the mandate to make the decision under Section 37 of the PECA. The section gives the authority the power to block access to or remove ‘speech’ from content it finds objectionable. This is a breaking story and will be updated as more details become available.

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