‘Taliban a major security challenge’: J-K assembly elections unlikely till May

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Srinagar: As mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir pitch for conduct of early assembly election, the top authorities concerned with the election process say that it is too early to predict about the timing of elections which according to them won’t be mostly decided before May end next year. 

A local news agency Kashmir News Service (KNS) while quoting “authoritative sources” said that assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir are unlikely to be held before May end next year for various reasons.

They said that one of the reasons for election not to be held till April next year was that the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir is still under process and the delimitation commission is likely to submit its report till December end this year, which will mostly  further delay election to April next year.

Sources also said that one of the main reasons for election not to be held this year is  the security situation developing in Jammu and Kashmir after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August this year.

“The crisis in Afghanistan after taking over of the region by Taliban has thrown a major security challenge to security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir, which would most likely further delay the  conduct  of assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.

Sources also said that the security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir and in New Delhi have been closely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan after Taliban takeover there and it’s immediate impact on security situation in Jammu and Kashmir . (KNS)

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