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Pakistan announces July 25 assembly elections in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir means POK. A senior BJP official on Thursday announced that the Assembly elections would be held on July 25. However, there were calls for the election to be postponed for two months due to the risk of re-emergence of the corona virus infection.

Last year, Pakistan held assembly elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. India had criticized Pakistan for its decision to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and said there was no legal basis for any action to change the situation in the military-occupied area.

India has made it clear to Pakistan that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of the country.

Chief Election Commissioner Justice Murthy (retd) Abdul Rashid Sulehria announced the election program at a press conference in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Occupied Kashmir (POK). P.O.K. Sulehria, the head of the Election Commission, said, The people of Uttar Pradesh will exercise their voting right on July 25 to establish good governance, ”he said, adding that candidates could file their nomination papers by June 21 and the final list would be released on July 3.

ARY News reported that the election was held at POK. There will be 45 representatives in the Assembly, including 33 in Kashmir and 12 for Kashmiri migrants. “Four constituencies have been added in this election,” Sulehria said.Paramilitary rangers and police will be deployed along with the civilian administration during the voting so that more than 28 lakh eligible voters can exercise their voting right. Earlier, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) had issued a warning to POKs due to the risk of re-emergence of corona virus infection.

The BJP had called for a two-month adjournment of the polls but it was rejected by all the opposition parties. P.O.K. The last general elections for the Assembly were held in July 2016 and were won by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.