Without a doubt, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is the most popular battle royale game in Pakistan right now. Millions of impressionable children stay up every night and spend countless hours competing with their friends online as they play this game nationwide.
However, due to its severely addictive nature, PUBG has earned more infamy than goodwill as the game is being blamed for a spate of deaths in Lahore.
Two kids took their own lives in Lahore last week, one in Saddar Bazaar neighbourhood in North Cantonment where a 20-year-old boy took his own life, followed by another 16-year-old boy in Gulshan-e-Abbas Phase 2 area. Now we mourn another life that was taken too soon.
The latest incident involved 18-year-old Shehryar, who allegedly committed suicide after being forced to stop playing PUBG. According to reports, the teenage boy belonged to Quetta and was currently residing with his brother in Lahore’s Punjab Society located at Ghazi Road.
A team of forensic experts and investigative police has been deployed at the crime scene but is yet to release a statement on the matter.
Ban on PUBG?
Banning PUBG in Pakistan has become a matter of debate in official circles.
After an increasing number of suicide cases that involve PUBG, the Lahore police have written a letter to Inspector General of Punjab Police (IGP), demanding an immediate ban on the popular online game PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
In the aforementioned letter, it was mentioned:
PUBG is an online multiplayer game that has gained immense popularity among young people. The game should be banned immediately as it is leading to aggressive behavior and suicides among teenagers.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has also addressed this issue by directing the concerned authorities to ban the popular online game in light of its negative impact on children.
The division bench, headed by Justice Atir Mahmood, gave out directives on 18th May following a petition which clearly states the adverse impacts of PUBG on impressionable youth’s minds, and how it severely affects their educational and psychological well-being.
What is your opinion on the matter? Is PUBG responsible for dragging these kids into the jaws of death? Or is this an issue of mental health, especially when people stay home for extended periods during the lockdown.
Let us know in the comment section below.