Pakistan PM Imran Khan bans PUBG, citing ‘anti-Islamic’ material

    17-Jul-2020
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has banned Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, an online multiplayer video game, on the ground of Sharia Law. 
 
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The Islamabad High Court, which is hearing a petition challenging the ban, The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was told that PUBG contained some “explicit scenes” and “anti-Islam material”. The same charge could apply to TikTok, which is facing a ban petition of its own.
 
 
This is not the first time that Pakistan has banned a video game. In 2013, war-themed games Call of Duty and Medal of Honor were removed from store shelves for showing Pakistan as a safe haven for terrorists. According to the shop owners, these games showed Pakistani intelligence agencies as supporting Al-Qaeda and other jihadi organizations. Another game called Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni was banned in 2017.
 
According to the report published by Gulf News On June 4, 2020, Dr. Bassam Al Shatti, Professor of faith at the College of Sharia, Kuwait University, said, “Video games feature many pros and cons, but PUBG has violated Islamic beliefs regarding prostration and bowing to idols, and this is the greatest sin in Islam because prostrating and bowing is worship and glorification solely and exclusively to Almighty Allah”.
 
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