Pakistan has suspended mobile phone services across the country in the run-up to election day on Thursday, the Interior Ministry announced, citing the need to “maintain law and order.”
“We have decided to temporarily suspend mobile phone services nationwide,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
Meanwhile, voting for parliamentary and provincial assemblies is being held at all polling stations across Pakistan.
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Additionally, the Interim Interior Ministry established a control room to monitor the overall situation of the general elections. This control room is made up of representatives from various relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Home Affairs, Police, and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), who are responsible for their respective duties within the control room.
AFP Journalists were unable to access mobile internet services in the capital Islamabad as voting began at 8am (3am GMT), while there were also reports of poor access in the southern city of Karachi.
Earlier on Wednesday, two bomb attacks targeted candidates’ offices in southwestern Pakistan, tragically claiming the lives of at least 28 people. These attacks, claimed by the extremist group Islamic State, shocked the entire region.
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Additionally, these elections mark Pakistan’s 12th general elections and represent the country’s continued efforts to strengthen its democratic foundations.
As many as 44 political parties are vying for a share of the 266 seats in the National Assembly (lower house), with a further 70 seats reserved for women and minorities.
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Pakistan has experienced an era of direct military rule for more than 30 years since its independence in 1947, and it is noteworthy that it highlights the complex interplay between civilian and military institutions in the country’s governance.
Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and a widely popular leader in the country, finds himself in Adiala Jail on multiple charges. The former cricketer turned politician was disqualified from contesting elections and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the cryptography case, 14 years for the Toshahana case and seven years for the “un-Islamic” marriage case.
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Additionally, Pakistan’s Supreme Court has upheld the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to cancel PTI’s iconic “bat” symbol. Despite these challenges, Khan maintained that the case against him was politically motivated and promised a “surprise” from PTI on February 8, Dawn reported. In a video message shared on his official platform, Khan called on his supporters to come out in droves and vote.
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