The creative doodle by Google, which indicated that general elections were scheduled to take place in Pakistan this year, has been removed. The doodle, featuring a ballot box adorned with the Pakistani flag, was shared on Thursday but was later taken down after being visible for several hours.
Google has not provided any explanation for this unexpected action, but some social media users speculated that there may have been a request to remove it.
When users attempt to access the doodle, they are greeted with a message stating, “We’re sorry, but the doodle you’ve requested cannot be found. Here are some other doodles you might enjoy.”
As the current term of the assembly is approaching its end in the coming months, the countdown to the general elections has begun, with major political parties in the country preparing to launch their election campaigns.
Earlier this year, the former ruling party in Pakistan dissolved the provincial legislature in an effort to exert pressure for general elections in the country’s most populous region. As a result, elections are now pending in two regions.
The country is grappling with an economic crisis characterized by high inflation rates, making it the highest in Asia. Pakistan is also burdened with a significant fiscal deficit, mounting public debt, inflationary pressures, and a decline in foreign exchange reserves.