ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister has pledged an “era of development” in Azad Jammu and Kashmir after his party won 31 of 41 seats in the local legislative assembly.
Nawaz Sharif on Friday urged a crowd of supporters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, not to forget the sacrifices of people living in the Indian-controlled side.
Local elections were held peacefully Thursday, after a “black day” was observed to protest the killing of dozens of civilians during protests in Indian-held Kashmir. The largest street protests in years erupted after Indian troops on July 8 killed Burhan Wani, the popular 22-year-old leader of Kashmir’s largest liberation group.
The rebels want Indian-held Kashmir to merge with Pakistan or become independent.
India and Pakistan hold competing territorial claims over Kashmir, which periodically erupts into violence.