BALOCHISTAN – Internet will not be available in certain areas in Balochistan due to security reasons as per Jan Achakzai, the Caretaker Information Minister.
Balochistan has been consistently hit by terrorists and recently terrorist activities have been spiking in the region.
Due to these reasons, the government has taken security measures to ensure terrorists don’t use social media platforms for their plans.
Several areas like Chaman, Turbat, and Mach will be off the internet ahead of elections and on the polling day.
This decision has been made and even though there are some downsides to it, will prove to be much more beneficial.
The caretaker Information Minister, Achakzai stated in an X post that, “Ensuring the safety and security of ordinary citizens is of utmost importance, as there is a concern that terrorists may exploit social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and other similar channels for communication purposes”.
This decision has been made for the safety and security of said polling stations and the candidates themselves.
Balochistan is in the crosshairs of these malicious terrorists and they have had their sights set on the province for a long time now.
The availability of the Internet can be very detrimental for Balochistan as they take their information from social media platforms to orchestrate their attacks.
However, amid this decision, the independent candidates are not happy as they use social media campaigns.
Lawyer Jibran Nasir took to court and stated that due to the inflation, we don’t have enough budget for marketing campaigns and thus we use social media primarily.
He said, “I primarily rely on social media because, given the inflation, it is virtually impossible to run a fully-fledged campaign within the budget limits”.
He also stated, “It is a direct attack on the freedom of expression of all Pakistanis regardless of what part of the political spectrum they belong to”.
Moreover, this precedent is also dangerous as it directly violates the freedom of speech of candidates and the general public.