The Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi announced that international observers and journalists will monitor and cover the Pakistan General Elections 2024 to be held on February 8.
According to the media reports, Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi made these remarks while addressing a news conference along with Secretary Information Shahera Shahid, Director General Radio Pakistan Saeed Ahmed Sheikh, and Executive Director General External Publicity Wing Ambreen Jan in Islamabad today (Tuesday, January 23).
The Caretaker Information Minister said that international observers and journalists will visit Pakistan to monitor and cover the general elections 2024 to be held on the 8th of next month. He said that forty-nine visas have so far been issued to foreign journalists whilst thirty-two are under process. Pakistan’s High Commission in India has also received twenty-four applications which are being processed.
Murtaza Solangi further stated that a total of one hundred and seventy-four applications from various foreign media outlets have been received. He mentioned that several international media outlets including CNN, BBC, DW, and those of Japan have already present in Pakistan and they will be covering the elections on National and Provincial Assemblies’ seats.
According to Murtaza Solangi, the applications that the international observers submitted are also being handled. According to him, 25 applications have come from the United Kingdom, 8 from Russia, 13 from Japan, 5 from Canada, 2 from South Africa, and 5 from the Commonwealth. He stated that letters of authorization for the observation and reporting of the election process in the three major cities of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad are being sent to foreign journalists and observers. He did, however, state that each foreign journalist’s request to visit a different city would be considered on an individual basis.
Local media are receiving accreditation cards for covering the general elections, the Minister said, adding that the local media throughout the nation have received 6,000 and 65 accreditation cards thus far.