The people of Gilgit-Baltistan participated in the third assembly elections under tight security in northern Pakistan. During this period, due to the global epidemic of Covid-19, people were seen wearing masks and following the rules of social distance. At the same time, India has opposed Pakistan’s plan to hold elections here.
Voting started at 8 am and concluded peacefully at 5 pm. The counting of votes has started and the entire result is expected by tomorrow. Polling officials said that the voters inside the polling booths were allowed to cast their votes despite the end of polling time.
He said that elections were to be held in 24 seats but due to postponement of voting on one seat, now elections were held in 23 seats. He said that a total of 330 candidates, including four women, are trying their luck in these seats. This is the third election of the Legislative Assembly after political reforms came into force in 2010.
On the other hand, India has condemned Pakistan for this decision to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. India has said that there is no legal basis for any action taken to change the situation in the military occupied area. This is invalid from the beginning and our position on this is completely clear.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said in a digital press briefing in September that there was no legal basis for any action by Pakistan to change the situation in the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ occupied by the military and It is invalid from the beginning.
Srivastava had said that our position in this matter is completely clear and consistent. The entire territory under the Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was an integral part of India, is an integral part of India and will continue to be an integral part of India even further, no dispute or claim is acceptable.
Of the total 1141 polling stations, 577 were declared sensitive and 297 were susceptible. More than 15,000 security personnel were deployed at polling stations from Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. However, military personnel were not deployed.
Experts here have predicted a tight triangular contest between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Traditionally, the ruling party at the center wins elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.
It is noteworthy that PPP has fielded 23 candidates in these elections while PML-N has placed bets on 21 candidates. At the same time, PTI has tied up with local parties in two seats and fielded candidates for the remaining seats. Explain that there is a considerable population of Shia Muslims in this area.