The Islamabad High Court reserved its verdict on the petition pertaining to the ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Tuesday after completion of arguments by parties. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) objected to the petition filed by PUBG’s controlling company in Pakistan.
However, the gaming community is not happy with the ban. They have threatened the authorities to unban PUBG in Pakistan or they will stage dharna at the D-Chowk in Islamabad.
TV personality Waqar Zaka has started the new trend on Twitter #ChickenDinnerAtDChowk, where he has invited all the gamers to join the protest.
Enough is enough, PTA unban Pubg or entire Gaming community will be at D Chowk- sub sun lo -, Baatein bohat hogi – now how many of u r willing to go for dharna at D-chowk for Pubg – yeh aesa unban nahie karey gray , tweet trend, comments posting sey kaam nahie chaley ga
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) July 17, 2020
Many PUBG fans have joined the movement and protesting against the ban on various platforms. They are also questioning the decision of banning the game in the country. Obviously, playing a certain game is not a crime and especially during this depressing pandemic time, people have found solace at their home by playing the online game.
— Muhammad Faryab (@faryabsays) July 18, 2020
— ïTs VĀSÏM YT (@Vaseem22213) July 18, 2020
Shame on You @PTAofficialpk . This is Islamic country?? Give us any suitable reason that why you have ban PUBG.
More than 15 days gone but no one is listening to us. Enough is enough now we will show power of gaming community#ChickenDinnerAtDChowk pic.twitter.com/1HpoA6tYMs
— Justin KGP (@KGP_Official1) July 18, 2020
— Haidar Jamal (@HaidarJamal13) July 18, 2020
— Mengal Nasir (@mengal_nasir02) July 18, 2020
— Shazi Mark (@ShaziMark) July 18, 2020
— 『FAITH』Shary (@Shary__007) July 18, 2020
— Ibrahim (@Muhamma76217163) July 18, 2020
Ban on PUBG
On July 1, the PTA suspended PUBG after receiving complaints from different segments of society. “PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, waste of time and poses a serious negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the children,” a statement by the authority said.
If religious ideology, morality and waste of time are the yardsticks to ban one game, then the Imran Khan’s government might as well shut down the entire digital space.
The same charge could apply to TikTok, which is facing a ban petition of its own. An application has been filed in the Lahore High Court demanding an immediate ban on a famous TikTok.
In the petition, it has been said that 10 deaths had been reported in the country in incidents relating to the users of the application. Moreover, it also states that the video-sharing application had become a source of spreading pornography for the sake of fame and ratings on social media.
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