Islamabad-based parties made electoral inroads in the region taking advantage of 12 refugee seats and preventing a pro-independence political outfit from taking part in regional polls.
Supporters of Pakistani premier Imran Khan’s governing PTI party and opposition PPP clashed in one constituency, leading to two deaths.
By parroting the Indian state’s narrative on the disputed territory, the rights organisation puts itself at odds with international law and misses the pattern of deliberate demographic change - or ethnic cleansing - against Kashmiri Muslims.
The violence came a day after diplomats from nearly two dozen countries finished their two-day visit in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
Dominated by strategic concerns for two decades, the relationship appears to be caught between US policy drift towards India and its new ‘Cold War’ with Beijing.
Locals in Pakistan-administered Kashmir say Indian troops have been causing casualties and destroying properties in border shelling along the highly militarised de facto border.
Farooq Abdullah had been confined to his residence in the main city of Srinagar since August 5 when the Indian government split the Muslim majority state and put it under direct New Delhi rule.
Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were detained again after their six-month-long imprisonment ended on Thursday. New Delhi rescinded the disputed region's partial autonomy and imposed a vice-like security and communications lockdown in August.
Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed nearly 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan since Sunday.
Pakistan extended army chief General Bajwa's tenure for three years as tensions flared with India which pulled disputed Kashmir's autonomy on August 5. Islamabad said at least two civilians were killed in cross-border fire by Indian troops on Sunday.
India requested the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights not to publish the report and dismiss the findings while Pakistan "welcomed" it, according to the UN.
At least 86 percent of eligible voters in the Kashmir valley abstained from voting, although in the southern Jammu belt, where Muslims and a sizeable Hindu population doesn't shy away from casting votes, a 70 percent turnout was recorded.
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