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Violence in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir during elections

At least two Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s workers were killed on Sunday in a clash between with Peoples Party activists at a polling station in the Kotli district of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The voting process to elect the region’s legislative assembly was marred by violence and clashes in some areas. The polling started at 8 am and continued till 5 pm.

Muhammad Shabbir who is an officer at a local police station identified victims as 40-year-old Zaheer Ahmed and 50-year-old Ramzan. In the gunfire, Ahmed was killed on the spot and Ramzan died on the way to the hospital, reportedly.

Also another incident was reported at the Dhal Chakhya polling station of Jhelum valley district where five police constables were injured after Jamaat-e-Islami due to activists attack.

As per reports, the voting process was stopped temporarily due to such incidents. Many people got injured in the violence that took place. Also many activities were detained and security officials are on high alert.

The assembly has in total 53 members but only 45 are directly elected, whereas for woman five seats are reserved and three for the technocrats.

Officials said that they expect up to 60 per cent voter turnout.

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