Caretaker Govt Rules Out Blanket Internet Suspension on Election Day

Caretaker Interior Minister Dr Gohar Ejaz on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of suspending internet services across the country on February 8, the day of the general elections, unless there is a specific request from a district or province due to security reasons.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad along with Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi, Ejaz said that the government had not made any decision regarding the internet shutdown so far and that it would only consider it if the local administrations felt the need for it.

He said that the government was committed to ensuring peaceful and transparent elections without any loss of lives and that it had deployed adequate security forces at all the polling stations.

He said that the government had declared over 40,000 polling stations as normal, while 20,985 as sensitive and 16,766 as most sensitive. He said that at least seven to eight law enforcement personnel would be posted at every polling station and that the Pakistan Army would be available as a quick reaction force (QRF) in case of any emergency.

The government has taken measures to ensure a swift response to any untoward situation in Balochistan, including the deployment of commandos. The Interior Minister, who recently visited the region, reported a calm atmosphere among the candidates.

In Sindh, the election atmosphere is charged with excitement. The political parties, familiar with each other for years, are maintaining a peaceful rivalry. The government is committed to ensuring that the law is upheld.

The citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a region that has borne the brunt of terrorism, are encouraged to exercise their democratic right and vote on February 8. The government assures them of their safety and rights protection.

Any attempts to undermine Pakistan’s integrity and independence will not be tolerated. The government is dedicated to conducting free and fair elections.

The Interior Minister called upon the media and civil society to contribute to voter awareness and monitor the electoral process. The government is liaising with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to provide necessary assistance for smooth polling.

The government expresses confidence in the success of the elections and believes that citizens will democratically elect their representatives.

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