A parliamentary committee was told Thursday that a total ban on some online games was not recommended. This will have a devastating effect on the tech industry and deter young people from modern indoor sports. The panel has called for a total ban on “online games like CyberPunk”.
Cyberpunk was originally announced in 2013 and has since become one of the most anticipated games of all time.
The futuristic RPG was released last December and has sold 13 million copies worldwide. The game was a critical success but received a huge response from users due to its unlimited bugs and incomplete status. The main focus of this game is on the single player story, and the multiplayer component (online game update) hasn’t even been released yet.
The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications was chaired by PPP Senator Rubina Khalid on Thursday.
Topics discussed included non-compliance with the special report on the PTCL Retired Standing Committee. The National Cybercrime Response Center (NR3C) reports on the progress of the online game defamation ban by Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi, the Universal Services Fund and the National Fund for ICT Research and Development.
Regarding the ban on certain online games such as CyberPunk, Puff Games, Dragon Ball, etc., the Organizers were informed that a total ban is not recommended as it will harm our technology industry and deter youths from modern indoor Sports activities. The official informed the committee that the PTA would continue to analyze any complaints alleging certain illegality related to electronic gaming and would process them upon acceptance for removal / blocking.
The discussion regarding the payment of pension increases to retired PTCL employees was discussed at the meeting. The committee was informed that the matter was checked and submitted every three months for resolution. The committee’s discontent has also been directed to the Pakistan Telecommunications Trust (PTET) with instructions to avoid adverse consequences and resolve problems without wasting time. The committee also directed PTET to give a separate presentation to the committee in August.
Committee members also noted that despite numerous meetings and instructions from the Standing Committee and Supreme Court decisions, implementation of these orders need not be delayed. The problem has been hidden for a decade. The committee stated that any recommendations could be immediately implemented verbally and spiritually.
The committee stressed the need for the FIA to investigate the matter. The committee handled the Ufone tower rental and other irregularities and stated that the full details had to be communicated to the committee.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Rubina Khalid, ordered the immediate implementation of the committee’s recommendations. Otherwise, the committee will use the powers of the captain set out in the 2012 Senate Rules of Procedure. All members of the PTET Committee will convene at the next meeting which will take place on February 9, 2021
The committee discussed progress in investigating the defamation against Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi and said that immediate action must be taken against the perpetrators and details should be given to the committee.
The FIA Cyber Crime Wing has notified the committee that it can make arrests after receiving digital evidence.
The committee discussed the previous lack of 3G and 4G services at FATA and was informed that the PTA is awaiting direction from the government on this matter and will act immediately.
Shortly after USF presentations over the past three years, Committee Chair Senator Rubina Khalid praised the organization’s efforts, saying that given the network’s growth in remote areas of Pakistan, the organization’s efforts made USF policy makers and regulators. To ensure that the services provided are used in a targeted manner.
The committee discussed the results of the National Fund for ICT Research and Development and was briefed on key activities, grants and their implications. The Presidential Committee, in evaluating the organization’s efforts, assessed the need to do more to price the devices and make them more affordable. The committee directs the organization to provide the committee with details of revenue and future proposals for the road map.
Chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid is Senator Engr. Ruhsana Zuberi, Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi, Senator Fida Muhammad, Senator Faisal Javed, Senator Muhammad Abdul Rehman Malik, Senator Mian Mohammed Ateek Shaik and senior officials from the U.S. Department of Telecommunications and Information Technology), Ignite and FIA.