Pakistan’s coronavirus watchdog, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), on Sunday suggested postponing the upcoming elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for two months amid the COVID-pandemic. 19.
In a letter to PoK’s chief electoral commissioner, the NCOC said that due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, polls should be delayed. The letter mentioned that a large political rally due to the election would result in further spread of the potentially fatal virus in the state, adding that the number of positive coronavirus cases there is already high, Geo News reported.
CNOC also said that one million PoK residents could be vaccinated by September 2021. It should be noted that the terms of the Kashmir Assembly will end on July 29, but so far the timeline election news has not been released, The News International reported. .
Earlier today, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider accused the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of wanting to achieve the desired results in the elections in Kashmir.
Farooq Haider said that if Prime Minister Imran Khan interferes in the election, then PoK will forget all courtesy. He said that no matter what the Prime Minister does, Kashmir will never become a province. Haider added that he had received a letter from NCOC to postpone the elections for the next two months, he added.
“PoK elections can only be postponed in the event of external aggression,” Prime Minister Farooq Haider said. “Such letters are an insult to the voters of Kashmir. This power is vested in the Legislative Assembly of PoK, however, this approach will create political tensions in the state.”
Haider had previously said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan “did not even know that Kashmir had its own electoral commission”, adding that “Prime Minister Imran Khan does not have the authority to introduce electronic voting machines (EVM) in Kashmir “.
He added that there is no reason to postpone the elections as by-elections have also taken place in the country despite the pandemic.
Pakistan has reported more than 2,455 new infections, bringing the total to 916,239. At least 73 other people have died from the coronavirus in Pakistan, bringing the national COVID-19 toll to 20,680 on Sunday.
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