Islamabad, January 31, 2024: A proposition to halt cellular and internet services in sensitive areas on February 8, the day of Pakistan’s assembly elections, has surfaced, according to sources reported by ARY News. The proposal was presented during an Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) meeting, addressing the law and order situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Proposal for Service Suspension in Sensitive Areas
Sources with knowledge of the matter revealed that the suggestion to suspend internet and mobile services in sensitive regions during the 2024 general elections was raised during the meeting.
Election Security Concerns
The gathering also deliberated on the security of election candidates, with CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja expressing apprehension about the escalating attacks on political gatherings in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Strict Measures Against Poll Disruption
Following the meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, in a press statement, emphasized that those attempting to disrupt the polls by disturbing the peace would face strict consequences. He clarified that there should be no confusion, reaffirming that the General Elections 2024 will proceed as scheduled. The CEC emphasized that terrorism poses the most significant threat to the electoral process.
ECP’s Preparedness Despite Challenges
Despite security challenges, Sikandar Sultan Raja affirmed that the ECP is fully prepared to conduct the elections on February 8. The CEC expressed complete confidence in the capabilities of law enforcement agencies.