Violent protests in Muzaffarabad enter day four, Pak Rangers called in

Pak Rangers deployed in Muzaffarabad to control situation following deadly clashes between security forces and demonstrators. [Photo: Social media]

Tensions persisted in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Monday as a complete strike against high prices of wheat flour, inflated electricity bills, and taxes continued for a fourth day.

The Pakistani government intensified efforts to defuse the situation following deadly clashes between security forces and demonstrators.

The disputed area saw clashes on Saturday between police and rights activists, resulting in at least one police officer’s death and over 100 injuries, mostly among police. A full strike has halted normal life since Friday.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif is set to hold a high-level meeting on Monday to address the ongoing situation after talks between protesters and the government reached an impasse.

The Jammu Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC) has demanded electricity rates based on hydropower costs, subsidized wheat flour, and an end to elite privileges.

On Monday, a march led by JAAC headed to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as the strike entered its fourth day.

Protestors accuse the government of evasiveness, with sit-ins reported along the Kohala-Muzaffarabad Road.

The government deployed Rangers after clashes in Mirpur on Saturday and expressed concern over the violence, urging a peaceful resolution to demands.

President Asif Ali Zardari called for restraint and dialogue among stakeholders to address grievances responsibly and prevent exploitation of the situation.

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