51 Terror Attacks Failed to Disrupt Pakistan Elections: ISPR

Pakistan successfully held its general elections on Thursday, February 8, 2024, thanks to the valiant efforts of the security forces, especially the Pakistan Army, which foiled 51 terror plots across the country.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing, the 51 terror attacks were mostly targeted at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, where the militants tried to disrupt the electoral process and create chaos.

However, the security forces remained vigilant and resolute, and neutralised many potential threats through proactive intelligence manoeuvres and swift action. During various operations, five terrorists were also killed, the ISPR said.

The statement added that 12 people, including 10 personnel of security forces and law enforcement agencies, embraced martyrdom, and 39 others were injured in these attacks. The ISPR expressed its condolences to the families of the martyrs and the injured, and saluted their sacrifices for the nation.

The ISPR also congratulated the nation on the generally peaceful and violence-free conduct of the general elections, which saw more than 128 million people exercise their democratic right to elect their representatives for the national and provincial assemblies.

The ISPR said that the armed forces, along with other law enforcement agencies, were proud to have played a pivotal role in providing security during the conduct of the sacred electoral process, in aid of civil power, and in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan.

The statement said that the army deployed 137,000 personnel and civil armed forces at approximately 6,000 selected most sensitive polling stations and over 7,800 quick response force teams (QRFs) to ensure a safe and secure environment for the public.

The ISPR also thanked the other law enforcement agencies for working hand in hand with the army to safeguard the democratic process. It expressed its hope that the elections would serve as a catalyst for further strengthening democracy in Pakistan and pave the way for the realisation of the aspirations of the people of Pakistan.

The ISPR said that the armed forces remained dedicated to upholding peace and security in the country and stood ready to provide unwavering support in safeguarding the democratic traditions of the state.

The polling began at 8am and ended at the scheduled time of 5pm, despite some complaints of the voting process at some polling stations. Mobile and internet services were also suspended throughout the day due to security reasons, and were being restored after midnight. Some political parties alleged rigging and demanded an extension in the polling time.

The election results are expected to be completed a few hours after midnight and the complete compilation might be done in the early hours of Friday. The media will be able to air the results an hour after the polling concludes. Preliminary, unofficial results suggest that Imran Khan-backed candidates are leading in a number of constituencies, giving a tough challenge to Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N in its stronghold Punjab.

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