Plea to ban PUBG rejected for non-prosecution

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday dismissed for non-prosecution a writ petition seeking a ban on PUBG online gaming in Pakistan following incidents of violence and murder by young players of the game .

This was the second hearing of the petition when neither the petitioner nor his lawyer appeared in court.

Accordingly, Judge Shams Mahmood Mirza dismissed the motion to dismiss.

Tanvir Sarwar, a citizen, filed the petition through his lawyer, Nadeem Sarwar, claiming that online gambling has become a trend among the younger generation. He pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 declared gambling addiction a mental health disorder. He said the WHO has said that video game addiction increases levels of depression and anxiety in gamers.

The petitioner claimed that PUBG players have committed murders in Pakistan due to the negative impact of the game, citing a recent incident in which a young boy allegedly killed his mother and three siblings who were influenced by the game.

He argued that the government’s inaction to ban PUBG despite horrific murder incidents was a violation of the Constitution. He said a ban must be imposed on the game at the earliest without any further delay to protect the lives of the younger generation.

The petitioner asked the court to order the defendants to impose an immediate ban on PUBG by blocking its access to the country.

Posted in Dawn, February 8, 2022

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