While the separatists in Kashmir keep trying to boycott the election process for it being Indian,New Delhi saw a strange dichotomy with Kashmiri Pandits organising a silent protest to demand for their right to vote.
Contradicting militant groups claim that they were engaged in jehad in Kashmir,a hardline Pakistani cleric…
A hardline Pakistani cleric said jehad is “not mandatory” in the Indian state as people there are not demanding Sharia.
The relatively low turnout of 26 per cent at Anantnag,which went to polls on Thursday in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
It was supposed to be two people fighting each other to victory,until separatist leader Sajad Ghani Lone entered the ring making it a free for all contest to the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat.
As fewer people turned out to vote in south Kashmir on Thursday,the separatists are upbeat terming it a success of their boycott call.
With earlier reports of presence of Taliban in Kashmir and the ongoing elections,tourist arrivals in the troubled state have come down to trickle.
Nearly four per cent of the 11.65 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in Anantnag parliamentary constituency in the initial two hours of voting.
The stage is set for polling on Thursday in Anantnag parliamentary constituency,spread over four districts of south Kashmir,amid tight security arrangements in view of poll boycott called by separatists.
A curfew-like situation prevailed in Kashmir following a 50-hour strike called by separatists to protest against holding of polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party demanded re-polling in parliamentary constituencies where less than 50 per cent voting has been recorded during the first two phases.
From dropping rations to letters,choppers are a lifeline for troops positioned in the inhospitable Nawapachi Valley,dubbed by pilots as Kishtwar district’s Siachen.
A nostalgic Congress leader Rahul Gandhi invoked his family,especially his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s,affection with Kashmir to strike a chord with locals in Anantnag.
BJP alleged that a large number of Kashmiri Pandit community members names were deleted from the rolls in the valley.
The slain militant has been identified as Abu Babar,self-styled deputy divisional commander of LeT,and a resident of Peshawar town of Pakistan.