Rangers deployed, internet suspended to counter AAC protest against inflation

Rangers deployed, internet suspended to counter AAC protest against inflation


AJK premier offers olive branch as protest over inflated power bills, flour price enters third day

  • Haq says govt ready to alleviate burden of high flour, electricity prices
  • Awami Action Committee says protest to continue until demands are met
  • President Zardari holds meeting today to assess current situation in valley
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MUZAFFARABAD (Dunya News) – The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government on Sunday deployed Rangers on Kohala Road and partially suspended internet to stop protesters from reaching the capital.

The Awami Action Committee (AAC) a day ago announced a long march against inflation towards AJK capital on Sunday (today).

The AJK government sought help from Islamabad after yesterday’s violent protest who sent Rangers to control the situation.


Earlier, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated that his government was prepared to alleviate the burden of high flour and electricity prices, as the protest led by the Joint Awami Action Committee entered its third day in the valley on Sunday.

The Awami Action Committee has affirmed that the indefinite shutdown and wheel jam strike will persist until their demands are met.

On Saturday, clashes erupted across the valley, as enraged protesters opened fire and pelted stones at law enforcers, killing a policeman and wounding 28 others.

Prime Minister Haq termed the death of the policeman during the protest as tragic, and attributed the violence to certain extremists.

"We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee,” PM Haq said of the negotiations held with the protesters.

Haq said that political governments solved problems through dialogue and "we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation."

He also indicated a willingness to adjust the development budget if necessary to alleviate the burden of flour and electricity prices.

The AJK prime minister said that security of the people was his government’s top priority, adding that his government ensured that no force was used against the protesters.


President Asif Ali Zardari has taken note of the deteriorating law and order situation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and has called for a meeting with ministers and party leaders on Sunday (today) to assess the current situation in the valley.

The president will receive a briefing on the current situation in Azad Kashmir, and the session will be attended by ministers and PPP leaders. Additionally, a meeting of the PPP parliamentary board has been scheduled for the same day.


The protest led by the Joint Awami Action Committee over inflated electricity bills and exorbitant wheat prices in Azad Jammu & Kashmir entered its third day on Sunday (today).

Markets and business centers wear a deserted look, while traffic has thinned out on roads as a complete wheel jam strike is being observed throughout AJK today.

Internet services have been suspended since last night.

The protest movement of the Awami Action Committee took a violent turn on Saturday as enraged protesters clashed with law enforcement personnel.

At least 28 officials, including SP Khawar Ali and Assistant Commissioner Rizwan Latif, were wounded in the clashes, which also claimed the life of a sub-inspector named Adnan Qureshi after he was hit by a bullet.