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Solangi reiterates commitment to hold free, fair general elections in February next year

ISLAMABAD, Dec 22 (APP):Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi on Friday reiterated the commitment of the government with regard to the holding of free, fair and transparent general elections on February 8 next year.
Ruling out any possibility of delay, he said the general elections would be held under the schedule, already given by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
 Talking to media persons, he said that  Chief Election Commissioner Raja Sultan did enjoy the confidence of majority people and there was no question of his resignation.
 To a question, Solangi said he could not comment on internal issues of political parties as the caretaker government wanted to maintain cordial relations with all political forces.
 On a question about termination of service of some employees, he said that media channels initially gave feasibility reports to PEMRA which was also required at the time of issuance of licence. He said that under PEMRA Amendment Act 2023, the journalist job was protected.
Murtaza Solangi assured that the government would take legal measures to protect the employment of journalists.
The minister said an unpleasant and unwarranted situation had arisen regarding the protesters from Balochistan.
 and added their demands were long-standing.
He said all women and children had been released besides most of the men, adding their protection was being fully ensured.
He said that the committee, constituted by the Prime Minister, was doing its work. Currently the Governor Balochistan
was in Islamabad and consultations with him were underway, he added. Moreover, today a meeting of this committee
with the Prime Minister was also scheduled, he said.
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