Govt accepts most demands of protesters in Azad Kashmir

Notification issued fixing new rates of wheat flour, electricity, agreement signed between govt and action committee.

MUZAFFARABAD: The government has accepted the demands of the people of Azad Kashmir who have been protesting for five days against rising taxes and power tariff and other price increase.

The Awami Action Committee that launched the protest and long marches form different areas to the state capital reached an understanding and the government agreed to slash taxes and power tariffs besides reducing prices of wheat flour and other items. The chief secretary of AJK said that all demands of the protesters have been accepted and an agreement in that regard was also inked.

Under the agreement, wheat flour will be available for Rs2,000 per 40 kg and power tariffs have also been slashed. The electricity tariff has been fixed at Rs3 per unit up to 100 units, Rs5 per unit up from 100 to 300 units and Rs15 per unit on more than 300 units.   

On the other hand, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved immediate provision of 23 billion rupees to resolve the issues of Azad Kashmir. The approval was given at a special meeting chaired by Mr Sharif in Islamabad that discussed the situation in AJK where scores of people were injured in clashes with law enforcement agencies. The meeting was attended by the AJK prime minister and leaders of coalition parties.

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