Two popular video games have been ordered removed from store shelves in Pakistan, after shop owners there complained that the games portray their country as an incubator for terrorism.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" are war-themed games where the player gets to shoot enemies and, according to the shop owners, show Pakistan and the country's prime intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence, as supporting Al Qaeda and jihadi organizations.
The controversial games were removed from shelves countrywide by stores after the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association (APCDACTM) released a notice to boycott both games.
The circular, written in Urdu, Pakistan's national language, reads, "The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games. These (games) have been developed against the country's national unity and sanctity. The games ("Medal of Honor: Warfighter" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops II") have been developed against Pakistan, and the association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games."
Dozens of complaints prompted Saleem Memon, president of the APCDACTM in Karachi, to ban the sale of the games and inform its members. Speaking to a foreign news outlet, he said, "The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army. They show the country in a very poor light."
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