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Police officer writes to IG Punjab demanding ban on ‘PUBG’

LAHORE: The Punjab IG has been requested to ban the popular PUBG game, due to which a boy had recently committed suicide. 
The request was made by a police officer in Lahore. “PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale game that has gained immense popularity among young people. The game has influenced the young people and changes their behavior,” the officer wrote in the letter.
The policeman claimed that the game is affecting children by showing excessive violence which triggers aggressive behavior. The children have become addicted to the game, he added.
According to the officer, playing PUBG causes sleep disruption. He said that the game should be banned and an awareness campaign should be launched.
Last week, a 20-year-old boy committed suicide after his family reprimanded him for playing PUBG. Until now, two deaths by suicide have been reported in Lahore in the last two weeks over the game.
Last year, a petition was also filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking a ban on the across the country. According to the petitioner, the PUBG is also negatively affecting the decision-making ability of children and requested the LHC to remove the game from the Google Play Store.
Pakistan would not be the first country to ban PUBG because of its violent nature. Last year in July 2019, Jordan, China, Iraq, Nepal, and the Indian state of Gujrat banned PUBG for its possible perverse effect on its citizens.

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