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Pakistani boy, 14, shoots dead entire family under ‘online game’ influence


  • The boy’s mother often used to admonish him for not paying attention to his studies and spending most of his time playing PUBG, said police.

LAHORE – Police in Pakistan’s Punjab province reported on Friday that a 14-year-old boy shot dead his whole family, including his mother and two little sisters, while reportedly “under the influence” of the online game PUBG.

Nahid Mubarak, 45, a health worker, was discovered dead in Lahore’s Kahna district last week, along with her 22-year-old son Taimur and two daughters aged 17 and 11.

Police added in a statement that her teenage son, who escaped unharmed and is the family’s sole survivor, turned out to be the murderer.

“The PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) addict boy confessed to have killed her mother and siblings under the influence of the game. He has developed some psychological issues because of spending long hours of the day playing the online game,” the statement said.

READ: Pakistani police wants to ban PUBG after teen massacred family

According to police, Nahid was a divorcee who frequently chastised the youngster for not paying attention to his education and spending most of his time playing PUBG.

“On the day of the incident, Nahid scolded the boy over the matter. Later, the boy took out her mother’s pistol from a cupboard and shot her and his three other siblings dead in their sleep.”

“Next morning, the boy raised an alarm and the neighbours called the police. The boy that time told police that he was on the upper storey of the house and did not know how his family was killed,” it said.

The licensed pistol was purchased by Nahid for the security of her family, according to police, who added that the weapon has yet to be retrieved from a drain where the youngster had put it.

According to reports, the suspect’s blood-stained cloth has been recovered.

As per report in the Dawn newspaper, this is the fourth such crime in Lahore tied to the online game. When the first case came to light in 2020, then-capital-city police officer Zulfiqar Hameed advocated for a ban on the game in order to save lives, time, and the future of millions of youths.

Three young gamers of the game have died by suicide in the previous two years, and the police have said in their reports that PUBG was the cause of the deaths.

Gaming disorder has been officially classified as an illness by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the International Classification of Diseases.

Gaming disorder is defined as a pattern of behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming (digital or video), increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the point where gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continued or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

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