Kupwara: Two Pakistan-born women were declared winners in Panchayat elections in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district on Monday.
Sources said that the wife of Mohammad Yousuf Bhat of Pinjroo village of Handwara submitted nomination form for the post of Sarpanch in a Handwara village. No one filed nomination against her and she was declared as winner in the first phase of panchayat elections.
They said that a local person of the village crossed the line of control for arms training in early nineties, but later he shunned the path of militancy and married with a local women in Karachi city. After a few years the man came back to his home with his wife and surrendered before the forces. From that time he is living in Pinjroo village with his wife, who a few days ago submitted her form for the post of Sarpanch. The official announcement of her winning is still pending till the end of the election.
Similarly, another woman, wife of Gulam Mohammad Mir of village Khumriyal Kupwara, originally a resident of Palandari village in Muzaffarabad in Pakistani Kashmir, also submitted her form for the post of Sarpanch in Khumriyal village of Kupwara district. No one is contesting against her, which means she will be declared as winner.
Local sources said that her husband, a resident of Khumriyal, crossed the LoC in 2001 for arms training but started his business across the border and married with a local girl. In the year 2010 he came back to Kashmir through Nepal border with his wife and surrendered before the forces. After a few months he was released on bail and since that time he is working at his home.
An official in the district administration said that several people including women have submitted their forms.but no one can be declared a winner before the elections end.