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Mobile phone services, internet suspended in Pakistan as voting underway

08:40 AM | 8 Feb, 2024
Mobile phone services, internet suspended in Pakistan as voting underway
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ISLAMABAD - Mobile phones and internet services remain suspended as voting started in general elections across the country that started amid violence that claimed lives of 30 people.

Authorities stopped the mobile phone services as safety measure to law and order amid the polls.

In a statement, Pakistan's interior ministry said mobile services remain suspended nationwide to maintain the law and order situation and tackle threats.

It said precious lives have been lost in recent attacks and security measures are crucial to maintain law and order and to deal with potential threats.

NetBlocks, which monitors mobile and internet availability, said Live network data shows disruption to mobile internet in Pakistan with high impact to second-largest operator Zong, corroborating widespread user reports of outages; the incident comes as polls open on election day.

Amid the polling process, people in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and other cities are facing suspension of internet and mobile services.

With no mobile phone services, citizens are facing inconvenience to communicate with their loved ones.

Amid the security threats, Pakistan also closed its border crossings with Afghanistan and Iran to ensure security during elections.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal 12 April

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 12, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024

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