Muzaffarabad, July 27: Widespread protests and conflagrations were reported from all across the 10 districts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, after locals in what has come to be known as ‘Azad Kashmir’, alleged rigged elections. Violence erupted in large parts of PoK as locals’ anger and resentment against fixed elections on July 21, spilled out onto the streets. The elections saw the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) win 32 out of 41 seats, or over 75 per cent of the seats. Major PoK towns, including Muzaffarabad, were reported to be embroiled in violence all through Tuesday and Wednesday.
Muzaffarabad became the epicentre of the violence after PML (N) supporters killed a supporter of the Muslim Conference (MC), here. Other towns reeling under the violence include Kotli, Chinari and Mirpur. Protesters burned tyres, blocked traffic and clashed with the police, in protest of the elections. PoK administration responded with clamping down on the press, with all major newspapers operational in the area, being gagged, even as protesters held demonstrations outside PoK Assembly hall and other government buildings. ALSO READ: Entire Jammu and Kashmir including Pakistan occupied Kashmir our integral part, asserts India
“After rigging elections the PML (N) is now indulging in widespread propaganda and killing. They have killed our friend. If the authorities fail to take any action, they will be responsible for any future incident,” said a leader of the Muslim Conference. Several political parties have spoke up, saying that the elections were fraught with corrupt practices and the election results were rigged, with The Pakistan Human Rights Group confirming the allegations of malpractices. Protesters have alleged that genuine voters were not allowed to cast their votes, allowing Nawaz Sharif’s PML(N) to win, with help from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.