URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Defend Democratic Values in Pakistan

By Syed Atiq ul Hassan, Sydney Australia

I would like to draw the attention of the world to a concerning development in Pakistan that demands our collective awareness and support for democratic principles in Pakistan.

Regrettably, the current caretaker government, in collaboration with certain establishments, has taken the drastic step of shutting down internet services to block Imran Khan’s speech and their

Internet Blocked in Pakistan

virtual election campaign. This action not only undermines the democratic process but also brings shame to Pakistan on the global stage, tarnishing its reputation. The current caretake illegal government and establishment have no shame on oppressing the basic rights of the people of Pakistan.

It is disheartening to witness the erosion of democratic values, as these actions demonstrate a lack of regard for the people of Pakistan and their right to access information freely and using global media & social media. Now, more than ever, we must unite to uphold the principles of democracy and advocate for the people’s voice.

I urge everyone to stand against this suppression by actively participating in the democratic process.

This shameful government is also issuing the visas to the international observer, international journalist and media outlets to monitor and report on the most controversial elections in Pakistan.

On February 8, 2024, people of Pakistan must come out from their homes and businesses, to exercise their rights to vote and support Imran Khan and his largest political party ‘Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The power to bring about positive change lies in the hands of the people, and it is crucial that they must make their voices heard.

Thank you for your attention and let’s strive together for a democratic and prosperous in Pakistan.

(The writer is Sydney-based Journalist, political analyst and editor, Tribune International, Australia, his email address is shassan@tribune-intl.com and mobile is +61 479 143 628).

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