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A game or a death trap? Blue Whale must stop in its tracks, warn experts!

AIMAN INAM

KARACHI: Today’s youth love to accept challenges while performing interesting and adventurous tasks.

But what if your children would want to plunge into the wall of death as to complete the tasks of a game?

Yes, we are talking about the viral game namely Blue Whale!

  • What is this game about?

The Blue Whale Game is an online game that your kids can easily come across on Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Instragram, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Its popularity surges and catches the attention of many as the mortalities started reporting around the globe.

The victims have to complete different challenges (including self harm) giving by anonymous administrator throughout the period of 50 days.

Also, players have been asked to submit their snaps harboring the proof that the challenges were accomplished.

On the 50th day, the gullible teens have to take their lives as to complete the last mission of the game.

The said game looms over the parents by leaving them in great distress.

Around 130 deaths have been reported only in Russia and some 200 suicide cases have been reported in India.

However, incidents of attempting suicide have also been reported from Ukraine, Estonia, Kenya, Brazil, USA and Argentina.

On one instance, a student from Russian university planned to jump off a building to complete one of the challenges of the game. Luckily, his parents managed to save him.

On asking about the game, the victim told that he did not want to take his life but he was only fulfilling the task and that is what he had at the back of his mind.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been reported that when the youth realize about the potential threats and danger of the game, they want to depart but are, in point of fact, threatened with dreadful consequences by the administrators.

It’s a kind of a malware that if the officials try to block the link, a hundred more can be created within minutes.

It is to be noted that Blue Whale is a peer-to-peer game, where one can merely play if the link has been sent by another user, which makes it hard to track.

  • What connoisseurs have to say?

Keeping this in the view, Health and wellness experts opine that children’s developing mind cannot put up with peer pressure as they are vulnerable and can be easily manipulated.

However, parents should edify them that it is completely fine rejecting to participate in trends that make them feel insecure or spooked out.

First thing first, Parents should talk and discuss with their kids while stressing that they should make their own choices instead of following the crowd blindly. Also, they should teach them the art of saying no.

Psychologists believe that parents should be alerted by noticing abrupt or extended isolation and mood swings in their kids.

Also, if there is a change in their pals’ circle, they should address the issue at once.

Keenly analyze what kids and teens are doing on social networking sites.

As far as the educational institutions are concerned, they can display warnings pertaining the potential threats regarding the game on their notice boards.

Besides, they should organize some counseling lectures within the premises.

Fortunately, no such bizarre cases have been reported here in Pakistan. However, officials and parents should keep their eyes peeled to be on the safe side!


P.S. It is pertinent to mention here that the game is now available in different names such as A Silent House, A Sea of Whale and Wake Me Up at 4:20 AM.

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ISPR says cross-border attack killed young army officer in Khyber Agency

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army’s media wing ISPR has informed that a 22-year-old army officer died today as a result of cross-border firing in Rajgal, Khyber Agency.

According to the statement issued, Lieutenant Arsalan Satti was deployed as the officer commanding the newly-established border post in Rajgal when he was hit by militant firing from across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He was the only brother of three sisters, the statement added.

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Rs. 18 billion corruption: Former NBP president arrested after SHC declines to extend bail

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested the former president of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in a case related to the corruption of billions of rupees. 

The development came after the Sindh High Court (SHC) declined to extend the interim bail of Ali Raza, who is allegedly involved in fraud and corruption of Rs. 18 billion during his term as the NBP chief.

A division bench of the high court headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh declined to extend the bail petitions and ordered the NAB to arrest Ali Raza and others.

A reference filed by the watchdog had alleged that the ex-NBP chief Ali Raza, former senior executive president Zubair Ahmed and other former officials committed a fraud of more than Rs18 billion. Seven Bangladeshi nationals are also among the accused facing graft charges.

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Zardari got Benazir, Murtaza Bhutto ‘assassinated’ : Musharraf

DUBAI: Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has claimed that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari is ‘directly involved’ in the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto and her brother Murtaza Bhutto.

“You should see that it was Zardari who had benefitted from Benazir’s murder,” said Musharraf in a video message today.

His statement came days after he was accused of being involved in BB’s murder.

On August 31, the ATC in Rawalpindi acquitted five alleged operatives of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for want of evidence over the assassination of Benazir in a gun and suicide attack in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.

“Soon after her [Benazir’s] murder, Zardari got people’s sympathy and support and he was made the president of Pakistan,” the former COAS said.

Musharraf further went on to say that the PPP leader did nothing to investigate the murder of Murtaza Bhutto as he enjoyed his stay in the presidency for five years.

“Why would Zardari investigate his [Murtaza Bhutto’s] murder when he, himself carried out the assassination,” he asked. “It should always be analysed as to who benefited from a murder.”

The former army chief further urged the authorities to investigate as to who killed Khalid Shehenshah, the person who was supposed to provide security to Benazir.

On Monday, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s counsel Sardar Latif Khosa filed three separate petitions in the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court, challenging the verdict of Benazir murder case.

The first petition says Musharraf masterminded the conspiracy to kill Benazir. It claims that statement of American journalist Mark Siegel and foreign ministry’s former spokesperson Javed Iqbal Cheema as well as probes by the Scotland Yard and United Nations are ‘concrete evidence’ of Musharraf’s involvement.

However, Musharraf denied any charges against him and said that it’s Zardari who was the ‘master planner’.

“The charge they are levying against me is that I did not provide Benazir adequate security — [but that is] something I was not responsible for. The only question I have is, who took the decision to create a hatch in the roof of a bullet and bomb proof car?

“The other thing is, Benazir had a heavy security detail. She had already addressed the public gathering and gotten into the car unharmed, before someone called her incessantly and got her to wave to the people out of the hatch. Her phone was not found for over two years after the assassination attempt,” he alleged.

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