Gahkuch, February 16: Protesters in Ghizar have given 24 hours deadlines, ending on Friday 10 AM, to the GB government to reverse the decision related to withdrawal of subsidy on wheat. The deadline was set today after a fruitless meeting between representatives of the protesters and MLA Naseer Khan, Minister for Excise and Taxation.
Over ten thousand protesters belonging to different valleys of Ghizar district are currently camped in Gahkuch, the district headquarter, where they had reached Wednesday night, walking on foot for several hours.
The protesters were addressed today by different leaders who condemned the government for increasing price of wheat. “Within a few days the price of wheat has been increased by 300 rupees”, Moosa, a resident of Yasin Valley told Pamir Times. “The Governor and Chief Minister have conspired against the poor people of Gilgit – Baltistan by not defending the subsidy in front of the federal government”, he said.
The protesters have threatened that if the price hike decision is not reversed they will march up to Gilgit and stage a sit-in in front of the Chief Minister House, for indefinite period of time.