It is reported that the order for removal was given following “store owners raising concerns that both games depict the country as a training ground for terrorism.”
Fox News originally reported the story, that these games were removed across the country after Ali Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturer’s Association (APCDACTM) “released a memo to boycott the games”.
The boycott, written in Urdu—the Pakistani national language—explains that the group had always taken a stance against such games, and that now store owners who are found with these games will face “unspecified consequences”.
In detail, the boycott translated by Fox News: "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 sales. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games."
Accordingly, APCDACTM president Saleem Memon issued the ban following several complaints he received for both “Black Ops II” and “Warfighter”; both games feature levels taking place in Pakistan.
A Pakistani security official, speaking namelessly, indicated his own views: “These games are an effort to malign the minds of youth against Pakistan.” In other words, psychological warfare to breed prejudice.
“This official further claimed that the games are American attempts to convince Pakistanis that they should accept Pakistan as a failed country and one that is home to terrorists,” Makuch writes further regarding the anonymous individual.
Neither games’ developers, Electronic Arts or Activision, would comment on the matter.