Food,fuel price hike spurs protest in Gilgit-Baltistan

Public Action Committee Gilgit Baltistan protested  in Pakistan occupied Kashmir against inflation,anti-poor policies of the government and the luxuries of bureaucracy in Diniur Gilgit.The meeting was attended by central leaders of the People’s Action Committee, leaders of youth and civil society constituencies, Chairman Public Action Committee Fida Hussain, Vice Chairman Syed Yasab-ud-Din, General Secretary Maulana Tanveer Haideri, Senior Leader Comrade Shabir Mayar, Chairman KNM Mumtaz Nagri, Young Leader Sher Nadir, Chairman Civil Society Maulana Akbar Wazir, Leader Civil Society Abrar Baguro , Civil Society Leader Akbar Shah and a large number of people.The resolution was unanimously adopted with the support of all participants at the meeting.The poor people of Gilgit-Baltistan have fallen into the  mill of inflation  due to the dismal policies of the government. They demanded that  the government needs to immediately restore the subsidy on all goods keeping in view the controversial status of Gilgit-Baltistan.They further said that the puppet government should eliminate the royal expenses and incentives of all government officials, bureaucrats and ministers and advisors of Gilgit-Baltistan to provide relief to the poor people.The government should stop providing 1300 cc to 1600 cc vehicles to all government officials, secretaries and ministers and ban private use of government vehicles.

They opined that the hike in petrol and diesel prices has led to a huge fare hike which has created travel difficulties for the poor people ,therefore, the government should immediately provide affordable transport to the people by subsidizing the NETCO and also issue proper fare for other transport companies.The government they said needs to run public transport in major cities of Gilgit-baltistan with a fare of not more than Rs. 20.The Public Action Committee rejected bed tax on hotels and tax on transporters. The government should immediately abolish these illicit taxes was their demand.

They urged the  government to set up utility stores across Gilgit-Baltistan at the local level and provide the subsidized items to the public under the list available with flour dealers so that it is easily possible to supply affordable items to every household.The Committee warned that the government should seriously consider these demands and ensure implementation or else the Public Action Committee would  spread its protest movement and grievances across Gilgit-Baltistan.

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