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PUBG to remain blocked in Pakistan: PTA

PUBG to remain blocked in Pakistan: PTA
July 24, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The online game Players’ Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG) will remain blocked in Pakistan, decided by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on Friday. In a statement on the twitter, the PTA said it reached the decision to keep the game banned after a detailed hearing conducted at the PTA premises on July 9 on the directions of the Lahore High Court. It added that the hearing was attended by other interested parties also. “PTA has decided that online game Players' Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG) remains blocked. The decision has been made by the Authority after a detailed hearing conducted in PTA on July 9 on the directions of the Lahore High Court,” PTA tweeted. The PTA said it also approached the PUBG management to share data about PUBG sessions and users in Pakistan and controls in place by the company. The response from PUBG is awaited, it said. “Other interested parties also attended the hearing. PTA has approached PUBG management to share data about PUBG sessions and users in Pakistan and controls in place by the company. However, response from PUBG is awaited.” Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) heard the case of ban on online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and sought a concerned record from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). During the proceedings, the IHC asked the PTA whether the company owning the PUBG was given the right to the hearing of the case per the law or not. “You also told the court that is this game causing for suicides or not,” the court directed PTA lawyer. The lawyer of the company owning PUBG told the court that they would appear during the hearing of PTA on July 9. After hearing this, Justice Amir Farooq adjourned the hearing of the case till July 13, next Monday.