NEELAM VALLEY: People in Neelum valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Friday took to the streets to protest against rigged July 21 elections, which was won by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

The PML-N bagged 31 out of the 41 seats up for grabs, while the Muslim Conference and Pakistan People’s Party bagged three seats each.The protesters had to face the police wrath as they burnt Pakistani flag and raised slogans against the government.

Besides blackening election posters, the protesters also burnt tyres, blocked traffic and clashed with the police personnel deployed on duty.

Widespread protests have been witnessed in the major PoK towns, including Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari and Mirpur, after members of the PML (N) killed a supporter of the Muslim Conference (MC) in Muzaffarabad.

Locals allege that the elections in PoK are always fixed in favour of the ruling party in Pakistan, in current instance, for the PML-N.The political parties have questioned the authenticity of the elections. They say public money has been wasted as the so-called democratic process was fraught with corrupt practices.

 The Pakistan Human Rights Group has confirmed the allegations of corrupt practices, involving money and muscle power.

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