More than a million Kashmiris will go to the polls on May 28 to elect a new president for Azad Kashmiri, the name for the area on the Pakistan side of the ceasefire line.
GV INTERIOR Audience seated in Rawalpindi hall
CU Sardar Abdul Qaiyum Khan
CU Sardar Ibrahim Khan addresses meeting
GV PAN Muzaffarabad
LV Trucks transporting people through mountain pass to election rally
SV AND CU Election posters showing red plane on cars and flags in Muzaffarabad street (2 shots)
SV AND CU Unveiled Kashmiri women with People's Party flag (2 shots)
SV AND CU Sardar Ibrahim (grey hair & glasses with women (3 shots)
GV PAN Crowd listening to election meeting inside large tent
SV Leaders on platform in front of photo of Bhutto
CU Sardar Ibrahim Khan addresses rally
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Background: More than a million Kashmiris will go to the polls on May 28 to elect a new president for Azad Kashmiri, the name for the area on the Pakistan side of the ceasefire line.
The voters, from both Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, will also elect 40 members for the Azad Kashmiri Legislative Assembly.
There are two main candidates for the presidential seat. One is sardar Abdul Qaiyum Khan, who is supported by Pakistan president Bhutto's People's party.
Both these candidates have already had two terms each as president of azad Kashmir. They Both come from the same district of Poonch and both claim strong support from their parties.
The tempo of the elections is very high. Violent scenes have been reported. One newsmen following a procession of Sardar Ibrahim said fight broke out at the Kohala bridge near the capita, Muzaffarabad, and supporters of Sardar Qaiyum raised slogans. Stones were thrown and some people tried to take away the flags supporting Sardar Ibrahim. This was followed by a baton charge by police. Guns were fired.
Both candidates are accusing each other of corruption and allege each is spreading violence in Azad Kashmiri and troubling innocent voters.
Two seats in the assembly have been reserved for women members. Kashmiri women have been holding rallies behind closed doors, expressing their support for the Pakistan People's Party 's candidate, Sardar Ibrahim.
But several other meetings in the capital have seen women participating more freely than before. Their usual black veils have been pushed aside and they do not hesitate to shout out slogans supporting their candidate.
The general feeling in Azad Kashmir is that sardar Ibrahim will be the new president, in spite of his opponent's strong backing from Pakistan's Opposition parties.