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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready for the high-stakes elections on February 8 after months of uncertainty; nevertheless, the electioneering was marred by pre-poll violence, which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries.
Amid swirling rumors regarding the potential suspension of mobile and internet services on polling day, caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi clarified that the government has not issued any directives to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) or any other institution.
Solangi assured the public that such restrictions would not be imposed, urging citizens to exercise their democratic right to vote wisely. As a prominent figure in the Kakar-led government, he emphasized the significance of voting in the democratic process.
The Minister emphasized that the freedom to communicate and access information is fundamental for a fair and transparent election, reaffirming the incumbent government’s dedication to upholding democratic principles.
Despite conflicting reports, the Minister highlighted the government’s commitment to providing equal opportunities to all political parties, ensuring a level playing field in the electoral arena.
He stressed the vital role of official media in offering comprehensive coverage to all political parties, underlining the importance of transparency and accountability in the electoral process.
Addressing concerns about law and order, he assured that the local administration would take necessary lawful measures to maintain peace and security.
The discussion about the potential suspension of internet and phone services took place during a cabinet meeting, prompted by security threats in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions.