Protests against wheat and electricity price hikes continue for fourth day in Pakistan-controlled Ka

(13 May 2024)

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-controlled Kashmir – 13 May 2024
1. Police and Pakistan Rangers firing tear gas toward protesters
2. Pakistan Rangers convoy passing
3. Damaged Pakistan Rangers vehicle with soldiers in the back
4. Various of Pakistan Rangers and angry protesters at scene
5. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Farhan Khan, protester:
"I live in the street near this place. We were carrying out a peaceful protest as we are peaceful people. When the Rangers came, they fired towards our houses, children and women. Many of our colleagues are injured and we just came to know that one of our colleague has died."
6. Various of Rangers vehicles driving on street filled with stones
7. Pan from Rangers to protesters
8. Rangers convoy passing; UPSOUND: siren
9. Various of clash sites, people and security in the street
Protests against price hikes continued for the fourth day in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir with demonstrators clashing with police, officials said on Monday.

The violence that has gripped the region since Friday has left at least two people dead, including a police officer, and 100 others injured.

The prime minister in Pakistan-held Kashmir, Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, met with the protests’ organizers and said he would reduce prices of wheat and electricity, viewed by many as a barometer for the market.

However, the violence continued in and near the capital, Muzaffarabad.

Pakistan’s monthly inflation rate has come down to 17% after at one point reaching over 40%.

The disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, both armed with nuclear weapons.

The South Asian neighbors have fought three wars since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

Last year, Pakistan narrowly avoided a default on payment of foreign debts after the IMF and several friendly nations offered loans.

Talks began Monday with the IMF for a new loan, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

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