Islamabad High Court Ordered to Remove PUBG Ban in Pakistan

Last month India banned more than 50 Chinese apps in India and at the beginning of this month, Pakistan’s government temporarily banned PUBG in the country. PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) said in a press release that PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is addictive for the youth, wastage of time, and it can have a negative influence on the youth players. Many people, mostly youth PUBG gamers, were protesting across the nation against this decision of Imran Khan-led government. Even petitions were filed to lift the ban on this Battle Royale game. The decision was scheduled on the 10th of July but still, the ban remained persistent. But recently, IHC has annulled the PUBG ban and ordered PTA to instantly lift the ban on the game.

In an argument on the 10th July hearing at Islamabad High Court, PTA said the game depicts anti-Islam material. Even on the morning of 24th July 2020, PTA said in a press release that the ban on PUBG shall remain to continue and also said that they have requested the firm to “share data about PUBG sessions and users in Pakistan and controls in place.” But now after the decision came from Islamabad High Court in the evening, all the PUBG games in the country shall be able to play their favorite game.

Minister of Science & Technology of the Country, Fawad Chaudhary, took Twitter to express his antipathy on the PUBG ban and told that such bans may hinder the technology progress in the country. Call of Duty and Medal of Honor like games were banned in 2013 in Pakistan and recently they have a Chinese app named Bigo Live for featuring explicit content. But is good news for PUBG players from Pakistan so that’s a big deal right now.