As by-elections are scheduled to take place in 22 constituencies across Pakistan, the Punjab government has urged the federal government to suspend mobile and internet services in the districts where the polls will be held.

This move comes in the wake of recent disturbances during the general elections on February 8, where internet and mobile services were already suspended, causing platforms like Twitter, now named X, to remain inaccessible.

In a letter from Punjab’s home department, it is specified that the suspension of mobile phone and internet services is being requested for several cities, including Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Sadiqabad, Kot Chutta, and Dera Ghazi Khan. Furthermore, service suspensions are sought in the tehsils of Talagang, Chakwal, Kallar Kahar, Gujrat, Ali Pur Chatha, Zafarwal, and Bhakkar city.

The Punjab government’s decision aims to prevent potential disturbances during the by-elections. However, concerns have been raised regarding the impact of such suspensions on communication and information dissemination during the electoral process.

What are by-elections?

By-elections, also known as special elections or midterm elections, are held to fill political offices that have become vacant between general elections. These vacancies can occur due to various reasons such as the death, resignation, or disqualification of an incumbent lawmaker. By-elections are conducted in specific constituencies or electoral districts where the vacancy has arisen.

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