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Polling begins in Gilgit-Baltistan

Polling began on Monday to elect 24 legislators in Pakistani Kashmir’s Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly amid strict security arrangements.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have fielded their candidates in all the constituencies, while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are contesting on 22 seats, media reported.

The Majils Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) are among the other parties contesting the polls.

India has slammed the elections terming it as an attempt by Pakistan “to camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation of the regions” and to deny its people their political rights.

About six million registered voters are expected to cast their ballot. Eight members – three technocrats and five women – will be indirectly elected. Nearly 467 candidates are in the fray, Geo News reported.


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