Pakistan is now holding elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) in Gilgit-Baltistan, defying strong opposition from India. A total of 745,361 voters will vote at 1,160 polling stations in 23 constituencies amid allegations of human rights violations. Pakistan has deployed around 16,000 security personnel amid fears of opposition to the elections.
According to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, this election in Gilgit-Baltistan will be the strongest of the elections so far. In Gilgit-Baltistan, a main competition is underway between Imran Khan’s PTI party and Bilawal Bhutto’s PPP opposition parties and Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N party. A total of 330 candidates are in the fray.
Imran’s main competition between PTI and PPP
Winning the elections in Gilgit-Baltistan has become a question of nose for Prime Minister Imran Khan and the opposition parties. This is the reason why the three parties violently violated the electoral code of conduct to win. Not only that, the Election Commission had to issue 100 opinions. According to political analysts, the main competition between PTI and PPP is expected in Gilgit. The PPP presented candidates for all 23 seats, while the PML-N gave tickets to candidates for 21 seats.
India strongly opposes holding elections in Gilgit
India strongly opposed the elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava recently said during Pakistan’s announcement to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan that there was no valid basis for a change in the position of the region occupied by military means. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said: “There is no valid basis for a change of position in Gilgit-Baltistan, an area occupied by military means and illegal from the start.”
Gillagit – Baltistan receives provincial status
The Indian spokesman said Pakistan has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of India. Our position is clear. All of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is an integral part of India and always will be. The Pakistani government claims that seven lakh will vote in this election and that 45% of them are women. Previously, on September 17, the Pakistani government granted Gilgit-Baltistan provincial status. According to sources, the Pakistani military took the decision after ending the special state status of Jammu and Kashmir from India. Pakistan is concerned that India will take control of PoK.