Infostani International: Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) residents protest wheat price hike. Governor Shah meets President Alvi after failed talks. AAC announces ‘plan B’ – strikes and marches persist. Demand for rollback remains.
President Discusses Subsidised Wheat Price Hike with Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Governor Amid Ongoing Protests
On Friday, Governor Syed Mehdi Shah of Gilgit-Baltistan met with President Dr. Arif Alvi to discuss the surge in the rate of subsidised wheat in the region. This follows the announcement by residents that they would stage marches against the move on Saturday.
During the meeting, President Alvi informed the governor that he had raised the issue of the subsidised wheat price hike with the caretaker premier and finance minister. Alvi expressed hope that the matter would be promptly addressed.
A day prior, elected members of the G-B Council also met with the president to address concerns about the subsidised wheat rate increase. The president assured them that he would take up the matter in relevant forums.
Protests against the subsidised wheat price hike in G-B have been ongoing for almost a month. The residents, organized by the Awami Action Committee (AAC), observed a shutter-down and wheel-jam strike across the region on Friday in support of their demand.
Protest Escalation in Gilgit-Baltistan: AAC Announces ‘Plan B’ with Shutter-Down Strike and Marches
Following unsuccessful negotiations between an AAC delegation and the government to end the protest, residents, on the call of AAC, announced ‘plan B’ of the movement. The chief organizer of AAC, addressing protesters in Gilgit, called for a shutter-down and wheel-jam strike across G-B on Friday, with marches from various areas towards Gilgit and Skardu scheduled for Saturday.
Despite a plea from a government team, dispatched by the G-B chief minister, to call off the protest with assurances that their demand would be met, the protesters remained steadfast. The AAC chief organiser announced the continuation of the protest until the decision to increase the price of subsidised wheat was revoked. The ‘plan B’ involves residents from Diamer, Astore, Hunza, Nagar, and Ghizer marching towards Gilgit, while protesters from Shigar, Kharmang, and Ghanche will march towards Skardu.