Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, a human rights activist and the leader of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), has taken a jab at Pakistan’s current leaders by claiming that the inflation rate in the nation is breaking all records and pushing Pakistan closer to default.
He claimed on Twitter that Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are two of the four provinces where the government’s austerity plan has been obliterated: “The four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, have grandly buried the government’s austerity plan. ”
The UKPNP Chief tweeted that while inflation is breaking all records and Pakistan is edging closer to default, extravagant spending by the ruling class is at an all-time high. He also brought up the issue of prolonged power outages, which are still common in Gilgit-Baltistan.
He tweeted that the lack of drinking water, prolonged load shedding, and supply of subpar flour outraged the women of Gilgit to the point where they took to the streets to protest. They chanted anti-government slogans and held a dharna outside the office of the Commissioner of Gilgit, demanding that the basic needs of the people of PoK be met.
As people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have repeatedly accused Islamabad of exploiting their resources and failing to meet the corresponding column of their needs, Gilgit-Baltistan has seen protests.
For more than 70 years, the region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which Pakistan claims to be an autonomous region, has fought for even the most basic rights. Though Pakistan’s Prime Minister is the chairman of the Kashmir Council, which has direct control over the region, PoK has its own Prime Minister, President, and Supreme Court following the PoK framework.