Court Directs PTA To Unblock PUBG ‘Immediately’
Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to unblock famous online game Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG) immediately. The authority had released a press statement on Thursday, saying that the online game would remain ‘blocked’.
However, Justice Aamer Farooq, while announcing the verdict of the petition filed against PTA’s decision to ban PUBG in the country, directed the authority unblock the game immediately and explain the reasoning behind banning the game in the first place.
The court also ordered the authority take all the concerned stakeholders on board while banning something in the future.
The verdict of the case was reserved on July 14 and the petition was filed jointly by PUBG players and a local game-control company.
On Thursday, PTA said that the ban it imposed on PUBG will remain in place. The authority had asked the game developers to share data about PUBG sessions, its users in Pakistan and regulatory measures, but no response has been received yet.
Press Release: 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 (@PTAofficialpk) July 23, 2020
Following the authority’s decision, people took to social media to condemn the continuation of the ban. They also demanded the resignation of Minister of Information Technology Syed Amin-ul-Haque.
It's not just game,
You even not play this and how you talk about that like this???
It's totally depend on people and also its human right, if they want to play no one stop them… 😐 #UNBANPUBGPAKISTAN #ITMinisterResigndo@PTAofficialpk 👎
— Mohsin Raza (@MRRaxa18) July 23, 2020
In the morning PUBG will be unbanned Inshallah, but we must ask @SyedAminulHaque #ITMinisterResignKaro it was his duty to speak about this in parliment , no Minister talked about this in National Assembly , don't worry u wont get our vote next time @BBhuttoZardari @ImranKhanPTI
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) July 24, 2020
#pubgbaninpakistan#UNBANPUBGPAKISTAN #itministerwaqarzaka #itministerresigndo@ImranKhanPTI @PTAofficialpk
IMRAN KHAN IS DIN KY LIYE VOTE DIYA THA AP KO????
MILO DOOR SE SAFAR KER KY SERF AP KO VOTE DIYA THA OR AJJ YOUTH KY SATH YE SAB HORHA HA IS KA KON ZIMDAR HAI?????
— Sana khan (@Sanakha62843421) July 24, 2020
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