Blue Whale and Momo challenge banned in Pakistan

IT minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui says laws will be passed in this regard

News Desk September 02, 2018
IT Minister Khalid Maqbool Siddique. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Federal Information Technology (IT) Minister Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Sunday placed a ban on suicidal video games like the Blue Whale and Momo challenge throughout the country.

Siddiqui, during a meeting with the joint delegation of IT and software developers in Karachi, said, "These games don't have any place in Pakistan as they are destroying the youth and are one of the key players in suicides taking place worldwide."

He further added that a law will be passed in this regard where developing, sharing and using such software will be a crime under the Cyber Crime Act, Express News reported.

PTA to create awareness on perils of Blue Whale Challenge

Last year in October, a parliamentary panel directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to launch a media campaign to create awareness on the perils of a suicide game that has claimed several lives around the world, especially in Russia.

The directives came after media reported that a section of youth in Pakistan have been participating in ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, wherein an administrator gives a player a task to complete every day — for a period of 50 days. In the final task, the player is compelled to kill themselves.

The players are expected to share photos of the challenges/tasks completed by them.

 

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COMMENTS (4)

kilo | 1 year ago | Reply | Recommend Expect many more "BANS" from different elements of this regressive coalition. They are all looking for something to do in new Pakistan. One of them, nothing else to do, declared his keen enthusiasm to transform a beautiful and renowned actress into a haji !
Lubna | 1 year ago | Reply | Recommend The government is taking credit of inane things. When was blue whale ever actually allowed. Such games are not played with government permission.
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