Protest against soaring wheat price & Finance Act intensifies in Pak-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan

Protest in POGB
People protesting In POGB over increased wheat price (Photo: Social Media)

The ongoing protest movement spearheaded by the Awami Action Committee (AAC) in Pakistan occupied Gilgit-Baltistan has intensified, amplifying demands concerning wheat price hikes, Finance Act 2023, load shedding, and an array of other grievances, swiftly gaining attraction across the region. Widespread protest sit-ins in key areas including Skardu Yadgar Shahada, Gilgit Ghari Bagh, Diamar Dariel, Hunza, Ghazar, and various other locations were witnessed yesterday.

The demonstrators, rallying under the banner of the Awami Action Committee, delivered a resolute message to the occupying government, affirming that unless their public demands are met, the intensity of the protest movement will escalate continuously.

The protest at Gilgit Ghari Bagh drew participation from diverse political, social figures, and stakeholders. Chief Coordinator, Comrade Ehsan Advocate , emphasized that the Committee’s movement is dedicated to the welfare of the impoverished in Pak-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan and future generations. He urged active involvement, especially from the youth, to champion their future and ensure the movement’s success. Highlighting the disparities, he pointed out the puppet government’s misaligned priorities, focused on personal interests and corruption, rather than addressing fundamental issues such as education, employment, electricity, and healthcare.

Undeterred, Ehsan Advocate reiterated the commitment to persist until these perceived injustices are rectified, announcing daily symbolic sit-ins as part of their ongoing movement. Coordinators Fida Hussain, Sakhidullah Khan, Malik Aurangzeb, Abrar Baguru, Zaheer Qasmi, Hajit Ali, Haji Kuman, Javed Qureshi, Fida Itsar, Nizamuddin, and other leaders also voiced their concerns and objectives during the protest in Gilgit.

The fervent demonstrations underscore a growing call for socio-economic reforms, demanding immediate revocation of earlier wheat price and a more inclusive governance that prioritizes the needs and aspirations of the people of Pak- occupied Gilgit-Baltistan.

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