GlobalShahbaz Sharif scared of violent protests in PoK, announced to open treasury

Shahbaz Sharif scared of violent protests in PoK, announced to open treasury

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The strike in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) continued for the fourth day on Monday, keeping the situation tense in the entire region. Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif took a big decision on Monday. He approved an immediate provision of Rs 23 billion for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Alarmed by the protests, Shehbaz Sharif had expressed concern over the violent clash between the police and the protesters. He warned on Sunday that taking the law into one’s own hands will not be tolerated at all. Shahbaz said that he has spoken to the so-called Prime Minister of PoK Chaudhary Anwarul Haq. He said, ‘I appeal to all parties to adopt peaceful means to resolve their demands. Despite the best efforts of the opponents, it is expected that the matter will be resolved soon.

At the same time, after the violent clashes between security forces and protesters, the Pakistan government has intensified efforts to control the situation. Clashes broke out between police and rights activists in the disputed area on Saturday, in which a police officer was killed and more than 100 people were injured. Most of the injured were policemen. Life came to a standstill due to the complete strike on Friday. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif today called a high-level meeting to discuss the current situation after talks between the protesters and the state government failed.

After all, for what demands is the protest taking place?
Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC) are demanding fixing of electricity prices as per the hydropower generation cost in the region, end of subsidy on wheat flour and privileges of the elite class. Under the leadership of JAAC, a long march was taken out in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). After no solution was found in talks between the JAAC Core Committee and area Chief Secretary Dawood Barach, the protesters announced to march towards Muzaffarabad. The protesting leader of Rawalakot accused the government of adopting evasive tactics.

People blocked the road and sat on strike
According to the news published in Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the protesters have already closed the Kohala-Muzaffarabad road at many places and are sitting on strike there. It was told that a large number of police forces have been deployed at intersections and sensitive places. Markets, business centers and educational institutions are closed, while transport services are at a standstill. The government called Rangers after clashes broke out between police and protesters in Mirpur on Saturday. Protesters protesting for their demands damaged several vehicles, including a magistrate’s car, on the Poonch-Kotli road on Saturday. Apart from this, markets, business centres, offices, schools and restaurants remained closed in the entire area.
(with agency input)

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