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ECP appoints Syed Nadeem Haider as its spokesperson as electioneering gets momentum

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has appointed Syed Nadeem Haider as its spokesperson in an additional capacity.

Currently serving as additional Director General (Elections-III) in BS-20, Nadeem will take over the duties previously handled by Haroon Khan, the former additional Director General of Media Coordination and Outreach (MCO) at the ECP secretariat in Islamabad.

Similarly, Hamid Raza Khan, a BS-19 officer from the information group presently deputed as Director (MCO) in the election commission secretariat, has been assigned as the deputy spokesperson of ECP effective immediately.

These appointed officials will be available round the clock until the conclusion of General Elections – 2024, ensuring close coordination with all provincial spokespersons.

Bitcoin and Ether take a long dip

Meanwhile, Bitcoin and Ether, the top-tier cryptocurrencies, experienced a significant downturn, triggering worries about a potential market correction and erasing recent gains.

Bitcoin, known as the primary player in the crypto realm, plummeted by 5.07% to $42,689, shedding $2,281 from its prior closing value.

This decline followed a promising start to the year when Bitcoin soared to a yearly peak of $45,922 on January 2nd.

Ethereum, the backbone of Ether, faced a similar fate, dropping by 6.54% to $2,202.4. This represents a loss of $154.1 compared to its previous close.

Although the exact reasons for this sudden downturn remain uncertain, analysts attribute it to a mix of factors, including profit-taking from recent surges, concerns surrounding broader market instability, and potential shifts in cryptocurrency regulations.

These recent declines underscore the inherent volatility of the cryptocurrency landscape, where rapid fluctuations are commonplace. While some investors maintain optimism about the long-term prospects of digital currencies, Wednesday’s downturn serves as a stark reminder of the risks inherent in investing in these assets.

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