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Both Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor Warfighter have been banned in Pakistan, with the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association finding that the games depicted Pakistan in "a poor light". Retailers have been told to remove the games from shelves, or - ominously - face the consequences.
In a public statement translated by Fox News (no, really), the Association explains that the war-themed shooters depict Pakistan, and its prime intelligence agency, as supporting Al Qaeda and jihadi organisations.
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 2) 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.
Medal of Honor Warfighter starts with a US Navy SEAL team essentially blowing up the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, painting the country as a "jihadi haven". The game also discusses the local spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence, alongside militant groups - a combination considered taboo in Pakistan. The country itself is still coming to terms with the shocking news that Osama Bin Laden was discovered living "just a stones throw away" from Pakistan's most notable training academy - a topic that is alluded to within the latest Medal of Honor release.
The Association took action after receiving "dozens of complaints" - a Pakistani security official believes "These games are an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan". Exact sales numbers for either Medal of Honor Warfighter or Call of Duty: Black Ops II have not been released, as the country's shelves are filled with $2 pirated copies.
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