The Punjab Police have lodged a written complaint for the ban of PUBG in Pakistan and requested the federal authorities to take action against the online multiplayer known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), saying that the game is causing violent tendencies amongst teenagers.
The development comes almost two weeks after the police reported that a PUBG addicted teenager had allegedly shot dead four of his family members, including his two brothers, sister and mother, thinking that they would be revived like players in the game.
Inspector-General of Punjab Police Rao Sardar Ali Khan had chaired a meeting, which was attended by many senior officials, where it was unanimously decided to take a firm action against the popular online game and write a formal request to the federal government to ban PUBG in Pakistan.
The Punjab Police on Wednesday went on to formally write a complaint to the Punjab Additional Chief Secretary (ACS-Home) to seek a ban on PUBG in Pakistan in order to stop such violent incidents in the future. The authorities have declared the game a dangerous sport for children.
It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had also banned PUBG in Pakistan during July 2020 after the Punjab Police had raised issue of the game influencing teenagers into violent behaviour, while also reporting several cases of suicide related to the game.
However, the ban on PUBG was lifted a month later when the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was assured about the comprehensive controls to avoid such incidents in the future, but the recent incident of the boy killing his family has once again prompted the Punjab Police to request a ban on PUBG in Pakistan.
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