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Threat no barrier to contest elections: JKAF

Srinagar, Oct 15: Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum (JKAF), a body representing almost 72 Urban Local Body (ULB) candidates on Monday said that threat has not been the barrier for its members to contest the elections.

Addressing media persons here in a local hotel, the forum spokesperson said that “threat is no obstacle for those who work for the restoration of peace.”

“We all are aware of the situation, presently prevailing in the valley. We will work for the restoration of normalcy. The insecurity among people should end,”said spokesman, Ghulam Nabi.

He said that JKAF is active in the field for the last three years and has been working for the betterment of the society.

“We have been working on various issues may it corruption, drug addiction or other social evils. The state during the last 70 years has seen many ups downs. The corruption has engulfed our society,”said a candidate.

General Secretary, JKAF, Farooq Ahmad said that JKAF decided to contest the elections on the demand of the public.

“After public demand, we fought the elections, nearly 11 among us have been declared successful without contesting.17 more are sure to win,”he said.

“We were apolitical. We contested ULB elections just for the welfare of the people. ULB elections will ensure basic amenities to the people, development at the grass route level,” he added

He informed that they will be contesting the panchayat polls as well.

“We will field the candidates for the upcoming panchayat polls also that are scheduled from the month of November,”he revealed.