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17 February 2024

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Internet, mobile services suspended temporarily: interior ministry

Internet, mobile service suspended temporarily: interior ministry

Internet, mobile services suspended temporarily: interior ministry

ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The interior ministry said in a statement that it had been decided to temporarily suspend the internet and mobile phone services across the country on the day of the General Election 2024 given the recent terrorist attacks that claimed many lives.

“As a result of the recent incidents of terrorism in the country which claimed the precious lives of many, security measures are indispensable to maintain law and order and deal with possible threats,” it said.

It is to be noted here that the internet service faced disruptions despite an assurance by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that the internet would be available to users on Election Day.

Earlier, the PTA assured that the government would not shut down the internet on Election Day. “The internet facility will be available to users on Election Day. The internet will work without any disruption,” it had said.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja said in a statement that there were incidents of terrorism in Balochistan the previous day, adding it was hoped that the election process would be completed safely.

Upon his arrival at the election commission office, he said: “It is the job of the interior ministry and other agencies to review the security situation.”

He added: “The ECP will not give any instructions to the interior ministry regarding the internet service. Who will be responsible if we open a mobile service somewhere and a terrorist incident happens?”

The 8300 service of the election commission also stopped working due to the suspension of the cell phone service.

Citizens get information about their vote by texting 8300. The election commission’s monitoring system and complaints cell were also affected due to the disruption of the cell phone service.

It is to be noted here that the polling process continued uninterrupted till 5 pm in the country.

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