PoK elections: Protesters burn Pakistani flag

By: | Updated: July 29, 2016 1:44 PM

Angry protests have taken been taken out in most areas of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) after allegations of massive rigging in the just concluded elections to PoK Assembly.

 

PoK, Kashmir, Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, electionsProtesters went on to smear the election posters with black ink and burnt tyres in the Neelam Valley to show their agitation against the rigged polls. (ANI)

Angry protests have taken been taken out in most areas of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) after allegations of massive rigging in the just concluded elections to PoK Assembly. 32 of the 41 seats i.e, nearly 75% of seats were accuired by ruling Nawaz Sharif’s party, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N). Reports have stated that voters have complained about not being allowed to exercise their rights. The locals are a crying a rigged election and holding demonstrations outside PoK assembly at Muzaffarabad and othet government buildings. Meanwhile political parties have also questioned the legitimacy of the elections, allegeing a tampered voting process.

Locals have alleged that the PoK elections are always in favour of the ruling party in Pakistan, which in the current scenario is the PML-N. Protesters went on to smear the election posters with black ink and burnt tyres in the Neelam Valley to show their agitation against the rigged polls. The Pakistani flag was also burnt down by the protesters, following which the police rained down on them.

Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs slammed the ‘sham elections’ in PoK, claiming it to be ‘another farcical exercise by Pakistan to cover up its illegal occupation’, at a press conference held in Delhi on 28 July.

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