Pakistan: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and illegally held Gilgit Baltistan reported protests and a week of anger among the citizens due to the food shortage and runaway inflation. Citizens have blocked the highways and burnt tyres to express their anger against the government.
Citizens expressed their disappointment over the different policies of the government and stated that they were unable to meet their basic needs resulting in the sudden rise in the price of wheat. The economic crisis has prevailed in Pakistan massively and there was a sudden shortage of flour.
The PoK activist Amjad Ayub Mirza asserted that people are out on the streets because there is no food, and there is no flour. PoJK has also witnessed a surge in the price of wheat by 1,200 Rs in one day. People are fed-up and come out on the streets to show their disappointment as the government depots for flour are locked. Now, the country has witnessed zero stocks of flour, and people in almost every city of PoK are protesting, even students, lawyers, civil society and women are demonstrating.
The ripple effects of the crisis, however, are even more worrisome in Pok and Gilgit Baltistan and the citizens have witnessed discrimination historically. Citizens have blamed the government of Pakistan for their negligence and stated that the government has shown discriminatory behaviour towards the people of PoK.
Various reports stated that the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir remain marginalized. The people of PoK have also warned the government that if the solution to their problems were not given then they will not allow the administration to function in PoK.
He further added that the situation is similar in Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan as the people have been protesting against the negligent behaviour of the government. They have also started protests against the policies of the government such as land grabbing of private property without any compensation and electricity bills. The demonstration caused a hectic situation for the other citizens of the country. The living condition has destroyed in the country.