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In Kashmir Valley, politicians across the political divide, political analysts and the youth are keenly following the parliamentary polls in Pakistan that were held on Wednesday. Politicians in Kashmir have pinned their hopes on the new government in Pakistan, believing that the new government might way for better relations between India and Pakistan in the context of the Kashmir dispute.

Nirmal Kumar Singh, senior leader of the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that their party hopes for a new government which works in a real democratic setup. He also said that the new government should apply a practical and positive approach towards their relations with its neighbours. Meanwhile, former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti stated that she is hopeful that a stable government would come into existence in Pakistan, which would be beneficial for the interest of its neighbourhood, particularly India.

Similarly, National Conference Provincial President Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani said the party wanted a strong government in Pakistan which could develop friendly relations with India so that the issue of Kashmir could be resolved and the problems of Kashmiris lessened. State Congress chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir congratulated Pakistani
people for voting and upholding the democratic procedure which had eluded the country for most
of the time in its seven-decade history.

The moderate separatist leader and chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that elections in Pakistan were being watched in Kashmir with a lot of keenness even though the Indian government had imposed a ban on the Pakistani television channels. He also said that people in Kashmir wished and prayed for a strong and stable government in Pakistan. However,Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai declined to comment on the issue with his office stating that a statement would be issued after the election results were


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