The POK’s Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly elections sparked controversy on Sunday. Pakistani opposition parties have alleged massive rigging of Gilgit’s election. Imran Khan’s party heading for PTI victory in Muzaffarabad, according to unofficial election results
The assembly elections in Pakistan’s occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (POK) on Sunday were controversial. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI party and opposition parties have been accused of large-scale rigging in this election which has become a do or die. The opposition Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz have accused the election rigging in favor of Imran’s party.
According to Gilgit-Baltistan’s unofficial election result, Imran Khan’s party is heading towards victory for the PTI. Meanwhile, opposition parties alleged that the election was rigged and that irregularities were committed. Earlier, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan took part in the third assembly elections under tight security. Voting began at 8 a.m. and ended peacefully at 5 p.m. After the election, the vote counting process has started and Imran Khan’s party is moving forward in the latest trends.
Pakistan held elections in POK’s Gilgit-Baltistan despite opposition from India
PPP accused of rigging the elections
India has condemned Pakistan for its decision to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, saying there is no legal basis for any action taken to change the situation in the region occupied by the military. On the flip side, polling officials said elections were to be held in 24 seats, but due to the postponement of one seat, elections are now held in 23 seats. He said a total of 330 candidates, including four women, are trying their luck at these seats.
The Dawn newspaper reported that Nayar Bukhari, general secretary of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), accused of rigging the elections, had demanded the disqualification of the PTI’s power candidates. He issued a statement saying: “The announcement of development projects during the elections is clearly a sign of rigging.” News has come to light that Foreign Minister and top PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has denied allegations of election rigging.
India opposes Pakistan’s plan
India opposed Pakistan’s plan to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava told a digital press briefing in September: “There is no legal basis for any action taken by Pakistan to change the situation in the se – saying Gilgit-Baltistan occupied by the army and this from the beginning. is invalid. ‘ Srivastava said, “Our position is clear and continuous. The entire region under Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh has been an integral part of India and is and will continue to be.”
This is the third Assembly election in Gilgit-Baltistan after the entry into force of political reforms in 2010. Out of a total of 1,141 polling stations, 577 were declared sensitive and 297 were declared sensitive. More than 15,000 security guards were deployed to polling stations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. However, there was no deployment of military personnel. The region has a significant population of Shia Muslims.