Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
World: South Asia
Kashmir constituencies on high alert
Grieving relatives of the BJP candidate killed this week
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for voting this weekend in two constituencies in the troubled Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Voter turnout in the first round last Sunday in the capital, Srinigar, and in two other areas was extremely low.
One report said it was only around 12%.
In the latest incident of separatist violence, 17 people were injured in an explosion in Doda district when militants attacked a BJP campaign vehicle.
Following the attack, candidates demanded increased protection from the security forces.
The BBC's Binoo Joshi, reporting from Jammu, says that posters have appeared in several places threatening people with serious consequences if they vote.
Nearly 150 people have been killed in separatist-related violence in the Jammu region in the last three months.
The Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has described the elections in Indian-administered Kashmir as farcical.
Speaking at a military ceremony in northern Pakistan, he said the polls had been boycotted by the Kashmiri people.
Mr Sharif also repeated that he wanted a peaceful resolution to differences between India and Pakistan.
"I have reiterated time and again," he said, "that our problems cannot be resolved through war and conflict, " he said.
Fighting between Pakistani-backed intruders and Indian forces ended in July when the infiltrators pulled back across the Line of Control in Kashmir.