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Published On: Tue, May 17th, 2016

Kashmir elections: Nationalists demand right to contest polls

ISLAMABAD: Leaders from a number of political parties of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday called for enabling nationalist parties to contest elections in the state by repealing laws that require them to sign an affidavit of allegiance to “the ideology of the state’s accession to Pakistan”.

They were speaking at a multi-party conference on “Election of AJK Assembly under Act 1974 and the Rights of People of AJK”, organised by the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) and the Awami Workers Party (AWP), here on Sunday.

Representatives of various nationalist parties of the AJK emphasised the need for doing away with the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution Act, 1974, and electing a constituent assembly to make an independent constitution for the state.

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