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People in Pakistani-administered Kashmir or Azad Jammu and Kashmir are going to elect 41 Legislative Assembly members on 21 July 2016 and these lawmakers in turn would vote for the speaker, deputy speaker and Prime Minister. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the political parties both regional and collateral branches of Pakistani political parties, the contenders and their pledged voters. Huge public rallies, inauguration ceremonies for developmental projects, promises and pledges for next five years and above all slogans to liberate Indian held Jammu Kashmir in these public meetings and rallies are echoing aloud. The nomenclature of Azad (Free)

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Click on image to see enlarged map. Courtesy Govt. of AJK. The Election Commission of Pakistan-administered Kashmir has announced the election schedule for Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s 2016 general elections of the legislative assembly as on 21 July 2016. According to the Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, the constitutional tenure of the AJK legislative assembly will expire on 24 July 2016. Under the Act-74, it is mandatory to hold elections 60 days before the last date. There are 22,37,058 voters, including 12,11,842 men and 10,25,216 women in AJK’s ten districts. For refugees, in 12 constituencies, a total of 4,44,634 voters will be

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Being attached with the areas of migration and having material political and cultural links with the areas of origin are common amongst migrants – diaspora communities settled in faraway lands. Kashmiris are no exception. There are Kashmiris from different parts of the divided state settled in many countries around the world. This is about the Kashmiris from what is officially called Azad Jammu and Kashmir and their activism around the elections in Azad Kashmir. Migration from Azad Kashmir to Britain was initiated in the last years of the nineteenth century when most of the world including what is to day India,

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President of Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan. I will prefer to be a Pakistani Identity card holder than to be a voter of Azad Kashmir. I am Pakistani first then Kashmiri and my vote application cannot be rejected on the basis that Pakistani Identity card is a Pakistani document. This is my translation of headlines of an Azad Jammu and Kashmir (as it is known officially) newspaper ‘Sada e Chinar’ from the reporting of a press conference by Sardar Khalid Ibrahim, the head of Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP). One of the senior most AJK leader called

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Reflecting stickers, huge billboards of election banners, confidential meetings to get support of influential groups and media statements in favor of and against the political icons of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir is very common these days. The current government of the region is about to complete its five years and alliances for next elections are being made. The control of politics of Pakistani-administrated Kashmir solely depends upon power corridors of Islamabad, as political parties involved in mainstream or/and power politics of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir are outskirts of Pakistan political parties except All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference. Notwithstanding the political vision and political

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The Azad Jammu and Kashmir also called as Pakistan administered Kashmir is going through regional elections next month. Being a divided part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state, the issues faced by the region are multilayered. From political to economic exploitation, the region’s pro-independent parties, who don’t accept it accession with Pakistan, see these elections as “a black spot on the face of democracy.” The Kashmir Walla spoke to one such pro-freedom group, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s (JKLF) Zonal President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Dr. Toqeer Gilani. He says that if Pakistan removes the accession

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Baba Jan, a left wing political activist from the Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. Photo courtesy thenews.com.pk Baba Jan appeared in the cover of the moon past midnight and immediately we hugged. He had been in jail, tortured and after a lengthy campaign he was finally out on bail. It was the summer of 2014, I had arrived in Gilgit-Baltistan earlier in the day and had called him numerous times. Each time another comrade picked up his phone and told me in a whispered voice, ‘Comrade Baba Jan is in a meeting comrade…is everything ok….he will see you tonight…we will call

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I apologize in advance for what seems like a rather pompous title to this essay. I mean, who the hell am I to be suggesting anything to anybody? Fair enough. I am nobody. Nevertheless, if you’re a person who values a diversity of opinions, I daresay mine is as good as anyone else’s. And I’m of the firm opinion that all Indians should support Kashmiri liberation. Please allow me to elaborate. I have, in the recent past, come out into the open as an Indian who is in solidarity with Kashmiri liberation. I don’t know just how big of a

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Ramzan is the ninth month of Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims across the world are fasting from sunrise to sunset. In Kashmir, like any other Muslims region, is a month of prayers, food and cultural bonds. Syed Shahriyar brings some of the pictures of Kashmiri Muslims offering prayers, reciting the Holy Quran and Iftar (breaking of fast at sunset).

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There is a due process to someone’s leaving. There is a farewell, An expectation of return, Or a recognition of the finality of going.   Even in a farce, you see, Or any kind of act, for that matter, Exits for characters are marked as clearly As their entry.   But when they are lifted out of scenes by aerialists, Transported through false ceilings And kept behind cage doors no one knows about,   The act, the actors and the audience are frozen In perpetuity.

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