Pakistan PM's party wins elections in disputed Kashmir
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||22 July 2016|
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July 22, 2016
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ruling party has won local elections in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party won 31 of the region's 41-seat assembly in the vote held July 21.
Sharif on July 22 addressed a crowd of supporters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-held Kashmir, and promised to deliver a new "era of development."
The win gives the premier a boost after months of pressure from his opponents in Pakistan to step down.
Local elections were largely peaceful on July 21, after a "black day" was observed to protest the killing of dozens of civilians during violent protests in Indian-held Kashmir.
Bloody protests were sparked after Indian forces on July 8 killed Burhan Wani, a popular leader of Kashmir's largest rebel group.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP