Police officer killed in Pakistan-held Kashmir as protests against price hikes turn violent

(12 May 2024)

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir- 11 May 2024
1. Wide of police officers firing tear gas canisters and throwing stones towards protesters
2. Various of police firing tear gas canisters

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir- – 12 May 2024
3. Various of protesters chanting slogans against local government; UPSOUND (Urdu) “We will snatch our rights.”
4. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Mahmood Baig, protester:
"We have been protesting from May 10. We have been out on the roads for the last ten months. We demand that the resources of Azad Jammu Kashmir must be declared as Kashmiri rights (referring to a power plant project in Kashmir). The electricity which is produced using our water, it should be given to us at nominal prices and the water which flows towards Punjab, a subsidy must be given to us on the price of wheat. We will protest until our legal and moral rights are fulfilled. We will not step back."

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir – 11 May 2024
5. Various of police officers on a bridge
6. Wide of street with smoke from tear gas canisters, objects landing
7. Pan of police chasing and hitting a person
A protest against rising costs of food, fuel and utility bills turned violent in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, leaving a police officer dead and dozens of people injured, officials said Sunday.

Traders in some of the cities in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir pulled their shutters down on Saturday while protesters burned tires to express their anger.

A police officer was killed in Dadyal town, authorities said.

Police have detained several demonstrators across Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and India.

Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister in Pakistan-held Kashmir, said he was ready to consider the demands of the protesters but urged them not to indulge in violence.

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday convened a meeting to discuss how to calm the protests.

Pakistan last year narrowly avoided a default on the payment of foreign debts when International Monetary Fund and several friendly nations came to its rescue by giving it loans.

Pakistan’s monthly inflation rate at one point reached over 40%, but authorities say it had come down to 17% ahead of the talks with IMF for a new bailout.

Pakistan plans to get at least $6 billion from the IMF when it reaches a deal expected in the coming months.


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