Govt of Pakistan is Suspending internet services on Feb 8 polling day !

This statement outlines the considerations and measures being taken by the Pakistani government, particularly the caretaker Interior Minister Dr. Gohar Ejaz, regarding the security situation and the upcoming elections scheduled for February 8. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

  1. Internet Services Suspension: The government will consider suspending internet services on February 8 only if requested by a district or province due to security concerns. As of now, no decision has been made regarding any internet shutdown.
  2. Local Administration Authority: Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi emphasized that local administrations have the authority to decide on internet shutdowns based on law and order situations. However, no such situation has been reported yet.
  3. Internet Restrictions in Balochistan: Caretaker Balochistan Information Minister Jan Achakzai announced temporary restrictions on internet services in sensitive polling booths in the province on election day.
  4. Efforts for Peaceful Elections: The government is committed to holding peaceful elections without any loss of lives. Measures include deploying security personnel in three layers and providing security at polling stations across the country.
  5. Polling Station Security: Over 137,000 law enforcement agencies have been deployed, and Pakistan Army troops will serve as quick reaction forces. Polling stations have been categorized as normal, sensitive, and most sensitive, with appropriate security measures in place for each category.
  6. Encouragement for Voter Turnout: The Interior Minister urged people, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to come out and vote, emphasizing the government’s duty to protect citizens’ lives.

Overall, the government is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and security of citizens during the electoral process while encouraging participation in the democratic exercise.