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HRCP concerned over AJK election violence

July 27, 2021

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed concerned over the deaths of two PTI workers during the AJK elections on July 25. A third PPP worker is also reported to have been killed when the PTI workers allegedly fired on a PPP candidate’s vehicle in Kotli. Initial findings indicate that independent observers have reported at least eight other incidents in which rival political groups engaged in violence, leaving both political workers and police injured. In one case, five constables were injured after Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked them with batons at the Dhal Chakhya polling station in LA-32 in the Jhelum Valley district, a press release issued by the HRCP said. In at least one instance in Bagh, individuals associated with the PTI candidate Tanvir Ilyas, were reported to have been distributing money among voters, urging them to vote for their candidate.