As J&K watches polls, Mufti says democratic Pak in India’s best interest 

Crucial general elections in Pakistan have evoked keen interest in Jammu and Kashmir, as people reportedly remain glued to television and radios to know the latest as the voting progresses

As J&K watches polls, Mufti says democratic Pak in India’s best interest 
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People’s Democratic Party president and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday, July 25 expressed hope that general elections underway in Pakistan would lead to formation of a stable democratic government in the neighbouring country.

“A democratic Pakistan is in the best interest of its neighbourhood, especially India”, tweeted Mufti.

The Pakistan general elections have evoked keen interest in Jammu and Kashmir as people here remained glued to television and radios to know the latest as the voting progressed.

"There is no denying the fact that developments in Pakistan have a direct bearing on Kashmir. A stable political government there can engage meaningfully with India to work for peace in Kashmir," said Manzoor Ahmad, 62, a retired bank officer.

As people from different places of the valley showed keen interest in Pakistan polls, the one place that remained abuzz with speculations and prophesies was the old city area of Srinagar. People in Srinagar downtown were seen engaged in discussion on the future of democracy in Pakistan.

"Even if all of us believe that the army of Pakistan is the strongest institution there, yet the strongest dictatorship is no alternative to even the weakest of democracies," said Abdul Salaam, 57, a shopkeeper in the old city area.

Even the youth who otherwise show no particular interest in politics seemed to be concerned about the future of democracy in Pakistan. "Given the level of violence we have seen ahead of the Pakistan polls, holding the elections is a great effort. Those who want us to believe that it is a fixed match are actually trying to undermine democracy in that country. I have no doubt once a democratic government takes over, a window would open for talks between India and Pakistan," said college student Suhail, 25 .

While the common man on the street spoke frankly about what he expects from these elections, politicians of both mainstream and separatist groups remained tight-lipped.


With IANS inputs

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