JAAC calls off AJK protests a day after govt accepts demands against inflation, taxes


PM Shehbaz Sharif had announced a Rs23 billion grant for AJK due to recent mass protests in valley

An AAC member announces calling of the protests in AJK. — Screengrab/Reporter

MUZAFFARABAD: The Jammu Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC) Tuesday announced that it would be calling off the ongoing protests in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) against soaring inflation, high taxes and electricity bills a day after the government acceding to their demands announcing relevant relief.

“The government accepted all the demands of the protesters yesterday,” the AAC said in a statement referring to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s announcement of a Rs23 billion subsidy package for the people of AJK.

“The shutterdown strike is being called off,” a JAAC representative said while referring to the government’s announcement of a Rs1,100/40kg reduction in wheat prices along with the provision of electricity at production cost.

However, he added that a state-wide shutter down will be observed till 3pm today to honour the people who were killed in the protests.

Highlighting the notification of the constitution of a judicial commission on the issue of perks and privileges enjoyed by the ruling elite, the JAAC representative said that all those arrested during the protests would be freed as well and the cases registered against the demonstrators would be annulled.

Speaking to Geo News JAAC leader Shaukat Nawaz Mir expressed gratitude to PM Shehbaz for accepting the demands they had been asking for more than a year.

“[Our protest] movement had three basic demands [which were] cheap flour, cheap electricity and the abolition of privileges for the elite [class],” Mir said while lamenting the suspension of internet services which, according to him, prevented the news of successful talks from reaching the protesters.

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