Kashmiri refugees in Balochistan show little interest in PoK elections

Scores of Kashmiri refugees living in Balochistan showed little interest in the recently concluded elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and many polling stations did not turn up even a single voter. This was reported by Dawn. Imran Khan’s PTI emerged as the single largest party in PoK assembly elections on Sunday with 25 seats. Of the 45 assembly seats that went to polls, 33 were for PoK residents and 12 for refugees settled in different cities of Pakistan.

Local media said polling stations were set up in seven districts, but Kashmiri voters reached only in Quetta and Sibi. Concerned officials informed the Pakistani daily that not a single voter turned up at polling stations in Nasirabad, Kech, Mastung, Barkhan and Qila Saifullah. However, the polling personnel stood at the polling stations till the end.

Dawn’s report said that Kashmiri refugees cast their votes at three polling stations. Of the seven districts earmarked for voting, votes were cast in only two. Soon after voting ended on Sunday, opposition parties also accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government of “rigging” the elections.

Criticizing Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, the country’s top opposition leaders are considering moving courts and launching a protest campaign against alleged rigging in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) elections .

According to a Dawn report, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) has accused the PTI government of Prime Minister Imran Khan of using its machinery to rig the elections. PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz tweeted, “I have not accepted the election result of PoK… I had neither accepted the results of the 2018 general election nor accepted this fake government. PML-N will soon announce the strategy on this shameful rigging in PoK elections.

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