Pakistan

LHC dismisses petition seeking ban on PUBG

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court dismissed for non prosecution a petition seeking a ban on online game PUBG in Pakistan in wake of incidents of violence, killings and suicide committed by young players of the game.

Monday was the second hearing of the petition when neither petitioner nor his counsel appeared before the court so the court rejected it.

A local resident Tanvir Sarwar had moved this petition who stated that playing games online had become a trend among the young generation.

He stated that in Pakistan PUBG players had been committing murders due to adverse impact of the game as in a recent incident a young boy allegedly killed his mother and three siblings influenced by the game.He stated that the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2018 declared gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.

He st5ated that the WHO also declared that addiction to video games increased depression and anxiety levels among the players.Petitioner stated that inaction on part of the government functionaries to ban PUBG despite horrible incidents of killings was a violation of the Constitution.

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He further stated that a ban needed to be imposed on the game at the earliest without further delay to protect the lives of young generation.

He requested asked to order the respondents to impose an immediate ban on PUBG by blocking its access in Pakistan.

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