PTA should not ban PUBG: Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry has said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) should not impose a ban on the popular multiplayer online battle game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

On a social media website Twitter, the minister said, “PTA should not ban the game called PUBG.  While I am personally against such ban”, he added.

He further said that he was against any kind of ban on general products as such an attitude was tantamount to killing the technology industry. Pakistan cannot afford such sanctions, the minister said.

Fawad Chaudhry expressed hope and said that the concerned Minister Syed Aminul Haq would take notice of the ban and would instruct the PTA not to encourage such restrictions as it would cause harm to the development of national technology on a long-term basis.

On July 1, the PTA had imposed a temporary ban on an online game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) after three boys committed suicide in Lahore in June due to it.

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

The regulatory body further said that the decision has been taken on complaints lodged by citizens and media reports about cases of “suicide attributed to PUBG game”.


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