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Minor boy in Pakistan kills his entire family under ‘PUBG influence’

In a rather shocking incident, a 14-year-old boy in Pakistan allegedly shot and killed his entire family including his mother and two minor sisters “under the influence” of the online

In a rather shocking incident, a 14-year-old boy in Pakistan allegedly shot and killed his entire family including his mother and two minor sisters “under the influence” of the online game PUBG, said police in the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province on Friday.

As per reports, the incident took place last week.

Nahid Mubarak, a 45-year-old woman who was a health worker found dead along with her 22-year-old son Taimur and two daughters aged 17 and 11 in Lahore’s Kahna area. 

According to police, her teenage son, who was uninjured and is the family’s sole survivor, turned out to be the murderer.

According to police, Nahid was a divorcee.

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As per the police statement, under the influence of the game, the PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) addict confessed to killing her mother and siblings. He has developed some psychological issues as a result of spending so much time playing the online game.

Police said that Nahid used to scold the boy for not paying attention in class instead of spending most of his time playing PUBG.

“Nahid scolded the boy over the matter on the day of the incident. Following which the boy later took out her mother’s pistol from a cupboard and shot her and his three other siblings in the back of the head while they were sleeping. The next morning, the boy raised an alarm, prompting the neighbours to call the police while he told police that he was on the upper floor of the house and did not know how his family was killed, said the statement.

Nahid bought the licenced pistol for her family’s safety, according to police, who added that the weapon has yet to be recovered from a drain where the boy dumped it.

As per reports, this is the fourth such crime in Lahore involving an online game.

When the first case surfaced in 2020, Zulfiqar Hameed,then-capital city police officer recommended banning the game to save millions of teenagers’ lives, time, and future.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially added gaming disorder as a disease in the International Classification of Diseases.

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First Published: 29th January, 2022 9:17 IST

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