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Woman from PaK elected Sarpanch in Kupwara

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Kupwara, Nov 13: A woman from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) has been elected as Sarpanch and Panch in Khumriyal area of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district.

Arifa Begum (35) had come to this part of Kashmir along with her husband Ghulam Mohammad Mir via Nepal in 2010.  Arifa, originally a resident of Palandari village in Muzaffarabad, had submitted her nomination papers for both Panch as well as Sarpanch wards in Khumriyal-B in the frontier district.

There were no nominations against her and as such has been declared elected unopposed for both Panch and Sarpanch wards, an official from the district administration said.

According to local GNS news agency, Ghulam Mohammad Mir said that he crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in 2001 and remained in PaK till 2010 before returning home via Nepal along with his wife Arifa.

A security officer said that Mir had ex-filtrated in 2001 for arms training and had returned in 2010 and later surrendered.

He said that the Arifa has been provided adequate security as part of the government decision of securing all the candidates contesting Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir state.

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