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Pak poll wind: Imran Khan seeking votes in J&K!

Shyam Sood, Hindustan Times  Rajouri, May 04, 2013
First Published: 21:10 IST(4/5/2013) | Last Updated: 12:59 IST(7/5/2013)

They say wind and seasons know no borders. Apparently, it holds true for political wind and election season too -- a banner carrying Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's picture and election symbol was found atop a tree in a remote village, Biaragua, of Kalakot subdivision in J&K's Rajouri district in the early hours of Saturday.

Seeking a 'chance' for Imran's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (justice league) on the party's cricket bat symbol in the Pak parliamentary polls scheduled for May 11, the banner written in Urdu had traveled on hot air balloons that were hanging deflated. Though it did not name any specific candidate of Imran's party nor any constituency, the banner would've flown at least 45km, that is the distance of Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the village. 

Sallha Mohammad, who spotted it around 6am, first thought a militant organisation had unfurled the Pakistani flag in the fields near his house. Alarmed, he called the cops.

Inspector V Parihar and his men rushed to the village and seized the banner, only to realise that it was just poll campaign misdirected by the wind. The balloons may have been sent out at the end of a rally, a popular gesture in the sub-continent.

One theory pegs the distance at a minimum of 150km, the distance to actual Pakistani territory beyond the PoK, as the PoK is not going to polls as such.

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