Pakistan: Why Imran government banned PUBG?

The Islamabad High Court of Pakistan will soon decide whether the ban on the popular mobile game PubG is justified by the PTA i.e. Pakistan Tele Communication Authority.

The PTA has opposed the petition filed by PUBG in the court, while Justice Farooqi, who is hearing the case, has asked the Pakistan Tele Communication Authority in the court “under which law you have imposed this ban”.

The lawyer of PTA said something in his plea that a new debate has started in Pakistan.

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He said, “Apart from all the things which harm the mental and physical health of children and youth, there are some non-Islamic items in the pubg game”.

People know that some similar charges can also be leveled at Tiktok in Pakistan because the demand to ban it is increasing.

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On the other hand, those who like PUBg have increased their voice against this decision of the government, and the players and supporters of this game have threatened to protest in the Punjab-Sindh area.

What is the Reason Behind pubG ban?

The pressure on Pakistan’s Imran Khan government to ban the PUBG game was increased when the news of some suicides not only appeared prominently throughout the country, but their aim was debated on TV channels for several days.

According to BBC correspondent Shumaila Jaffery in Islamabad, “The case started in Lahore about two weeks ago when two young boys committed suicide. Police officials later told that their parents refused to play pubg. But their point was unheard. After this, the police requested the PTA to ban the game. The PTA has also argued in the Islamabad High Court that children are deteriorating due to this game and their time is wasted. Happening.”

There has been a lot of debate in the social media that whenever such issues occur in Pakistan, instead of finding solutions to them, it is banned directly.

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Hashtags such as #UnBanPUBGPakistan and #PUBGKaJawabDou are going viral on Facebook and Twitter and most people who share them think that “the government adopts a policy of getting rid of it rather than resolving a matter”.

However, this is not the first time such strict measures have been taken against any video game in Pakistan.

Associated Reporters Abroad’s South Asia correspondent Nayla Inayat wrote in the ‘The Print’ website, “This is not the first time that Pakistan has banned any video game. Games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor were banned in 2013. Because in them Pakistan was shown as “hiding place of extremists“. Then in 2017, the ban on Valkyari Drive was why the issue of homosexuality was raised in it “.

What is the Result of the Ban?

The big question is how much difference will this ban make, and there is no other intention behind this ban.

Many of Pakistan’s youth argue that the government “wants to please a particular section of society” by taking such an “undemocratic” decision.

According to Rehan Abbas, a college student living in Firdaus Colony, Karachi, “There have been lockdown situations for months, due to Corona, children and old people are finding comfort in all the houses and the government has banned pubG. Some people misused it, but 99% of them are not doing it.

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Some others believe that how can the Government of Pakistan “ignore that PUBG is one of the most popular and revenue-earning mobile games in the world”.

Such a step will force not only the game players but also the game-developers who are engaged in making entertaining mobile games.

Well-known TV host Waqar Zaka believes that “This happened when YouTube was banned in Pakistan a few years ago. Even though it happened later, the digital industry would continue to suffer big losses with such decisions.

What is the Debate?

The debate on the ban on PUBG in Pakistan now appears to be on the verge of taking political color.

Those keeping an eye on the country’s politics say that some of the decisions of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which came to power on “tremendous support of the youth”, have been seen against the youth.

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But there is no doubt in this fact that even today in Pakistan, there is a big hand behind the popularity of Imran Khan, who was involved in his political movement for many years without any great success.

Of course, the question will arise whether the decisions taken on the popular pubg-like games in the youth will also affect the fan-base of Imran Khan.

Haroon Rashid, the editor of the Independent Urdu newspaper in Islamabad, says that “no one knows how popular Pubg is in Pakistan, these figures are there. Imran Khan has been identified as a right-wing conservative leader and he Also in the name of religion “.

Arif Shamim, a senior journalist of BBC Urdu Service, has a different opinion because he does not think that this ban will reduce the young fan base of Imran.

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The news of the “growing military influence” on the Imran Khan government and its activities in Pakistan has also intensified in the last six months.

Although the Pakistan Army has “denied the interference of any kind” in the government’s work, it cannot even be dismissed in the light of political history.

Currently, Islamabad High Court has to tell its decision on the future of Pubg in Pakistan. Whichever decision will be in favor, it can also be challenged in the Supreme Court.

Aaron Rashid feels that the Imran government is taking some decisions indirectly as well.

He said, “Even though the TeleCommunication Authority of Pakistan has told the court that this game is un-Islamic and vulgar, it did not tell which section of the government this opinion is. PTA is also under the influence of those powerful agencies of the country. 

Is usually the one who makes all the big decisions. These agencies decide among themselves what is non-Pakistani, what is non-Islamic and remove that content. The issue is that at the time of winning elections, Imran’s Despite the slogan that brings ‘change’, nothing has changed. “