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PTA announces internet shutdown in Punjab, Balochistan amid by-elections

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PTA announces internet shutdown in Punjab, Balochistan amid by-elections

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has stated that mobile services will be temporarily suspended in certain districts of Punjab and Balochistan on April 21 and 22, coinciding with the upcoming by-elections.

This directive, issued by the Ministry of the Interior, aims to ensure the integrity and security of the electoral process.

Considering that effective communication is essential for the smooth functioning of elections, especially for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to liaise with polling stations after the counting, ensuring uninterrupted internet availability is crucial. Previous cases of miscommunication resulted in widespread election irregularities.

The decision to suspend mobile networks is a precautionary measure to maintain public order and prevent possible misuse of these networks during the election period. This measure is part of a broader strategy aimed at facilitating a fair and peaceful voting environment, as claimed by the PTA.

Residents living in the affected neighborhoods are urged to plan accordingly and use alternative means of communication during the suspension period.

The PTA has assured that services will be immediately restored once they are deemed safe and appropriate after the by-elections.

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