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Planning Minister Highlights Role of Social Media in Enhancing Democratic Engagement


Islamabad: Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal emphasized the crucial role of social media in fostering citizen engagement, transparency, and participation in political processes. His remarks were made at a United Nations Development Programme event titled “Digital Democracy in Action: Enhancing Engagement through Social Media.”



According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Minister Iqbal lauded social media as a vital platform for dialogue, sharing concerns, and contributing to political discourse. He acknowledged its effectiveness in mobilizing communities and advocating for social change. However, he also cautioned against the risks of misinformation and fake news on social media, which could potentially incite public panic, provoke social unrest, and undermine trust in democratic institutions.