Pakistan temporarily bans popular online game PUBG

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday suspended PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) — a popular online multiplayer game played by millions in the country — after “receiving complaints from different segments of society”.

“The PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the children,” a statement of the authority said.

It added that cases of suicide attributed to PUBG game have also been reported in media reports. “Honourable Lahore High Court has also directed PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on 9th of July 2020.