Pakistan Election 2024: Polling Process on, internet Suspended nationwide (Representative image)
Pakistan Election 2024: Polling Process on, internet Suspended nationwide
In a bid to ensure the maintenance of law and order during the crucial General Elections 2024, the Federal Interior Ministry took decisive action by suspending mobile phone and internet services across Pakistan. Citing recent terrorism incidents and the loss of precious lives, the ministry emphasized the necessity of heightened security measures to address potential threats, justifying the temporary suspension of mobile services nationwide. This move aims to safeguard citizens and create a secure environment during the electoral process.
Election Commission’s SMS Service Impacted Following Suspension
The ramifications of the suspension extended to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) 8300 SMS service, disrupting an essential communication channel during this pivotal electoral moment. The strategic decision to suspend internet and cellular services underscores the gravity of the security concerns surrounding the elections.
Security Alert After Karachi Blast: Chief Election Commissioner Urges Vigilance
The security situation heightened following a tragic hand grenade blast in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, resulting in casualties. The Chief Election Commissioner, Sikandar Sultan Raja, promptly directed police chiefs and chief secretaries across all provinces to elevate security measures. This directive comes in the wake of terror attacks in Balochistan ahead of the general elections, signaling a proactive approach to address potential threats and ensure the safety of the electoral process.
As Pakistan, the world’s fifth-largest democracy, heads to the polls, the suspension of mobile and internet services highlights the critical balance between maintaining security and facilitating a smooth democratic exercise. The nation anticipates the outcome of this highly significant election, with various political entities, including PML-N, PPP, MQM-P, JI, JUI-F, TLP, and independent candidates, actively participating in this historic electoral event.