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President Zardari urges resolution of AJK issues through dialogue

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In order to prevent hostile elements from taking advantage of the situation for their own gain, he emphasized that the political parties, governmental institutions, and the people of AJK should all act properly.

At the Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Zardari shared these opinions with a group of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) members of the AJK Legislative Assembly who had come to visit him.

The president was briefed by the delegation of the recent events and regrettable advancements in Azad Kashmir.

The President told the members that the people’s requests should be met in accordance with the law and that he will bring up or discuss the people’s grievances with the Prime Minister of Pakistan in order to find a solution to the current situation.

The speaker emphasized that the socio-economic advancement of AJK should be given top priority, with particular attention paid to the advancement of health, education, tourism, and infrastructure.

He emphasized that the remote areas must be brought up to speed with the nation’s other developed sectors.

The president prayed for a speedy recovery for everyone injured in the recent skirmishes and expressed regret for the state of affairs, as well as condolences for the police officer’s tragic death.

During a nationwide wheel-jam and shutter-down strike, activists for a rights movement engaged in violent fights with the police in Azad Kashmir that resulted in the death of one police officer and multiple injuries.

After being dispatched to Islamgarh to break up a Muzaffarabad gathering organized by the Jammu Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC), Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was shot in the chest and died as a result.

In most sections of the state, the JAAC, which is led by traders, has been advocating for the provision of electricity at the cost of hydropower generation in AJK, the elimination of the elite class’s privileges, and subsidized wheat flour.

A magistrate’s car near the Poonch-Kotli route was among the several vehicles smashed by the aggressive protestors. Additionally, all AJK businesses—including restaurants, shops, trade centers, offices, and schools—remained closed.

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Punjabi bakers decide to charge Rs. 15 for “roti.”

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The bread, known as roti, will be sold for Rs 15 by the bakers association.

During their discussion, the association promised Food Minister Bilal Yasin that the rate of roti will be reduced.

The minister was there when Association President Aftab Gul recorded a video message committing to sell rotis for Rs15 each.

According to him, the administration decided to lower the rate of flour. He continued, saying that the group was supporting the government hand in hand to stop inflation.

The price of flour has been drastically lowered, according to Food Minister Bilal, to help the populace. He stated, “the government aimed at providing quality and affordable bread to the masses.”

He said that the recent reduction of Rs 1,200 in the price of flour was the biggest drop in the commodity’s prices in the nation’s history.

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Day four of the AJK inflation protest begins as talks come to a standstill.

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Following the collapse of talks between the Awami Action Committee and the AJK government on Sunday, the shutdown strike and protests in Azad Kashmir over rising flour and energy costs started their fourth day on Monday.

The ongoing shutdown and wheeljam strike would continue until their demands are fulfilled, according to the Awami Action Committee.

AAC-led march on state capital Muzaffarabad today has brought the valley to a near stop. The caravans are coming from many AJK cities, and they are headed towards Rawalakot. The march is being caused by the impasse in the negotiations.

Reportedly, the demonstrators have blocked the 40-kilometer Kohala–Muzaffarabad Road, which connects Kohala Town and Muzaffarabad, multiple times.

Traffic on main thoroughfares and roads has decreased, and large police contingents have been stationed at strategic points and roundabouts.

After fighting broke out between the police and demonstrators in Mirpur on Saturday, which left one policeman dead and numerous others injured, the AJK government dispatched Rangers.

Everything is completely suspended, including internet and cellular services, business, and education.

Under the pretext of talks, Awami Action Committee leader Sardar Umar Nazir Kashmiri has charged that the administration is using deceptive methods.

Apart from the flour subsidy, he continues, the administration will not budge on any other demand.

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All parties involved have been asked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Zardari to use moderation and engage in discussions to find a solution. According to both, the demonstrators in Azad Kashmir should have their legitimate demands met.

The issue in AJK will be the topic of a significant meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is calling today, Monday.

The skirmishes between the demonstrators and the AJK police caused anxiety for the premier on Sunday.

Speaking with Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister of AJK, he said he also gave the office-bearers of the All-Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in AJK instructions to speak with the leaders of the Awami Action Committee.

Olive Branch is offered by AJK PM.

Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated on Sunday that his administration was ready to lessen the burden of exorbitant grain and energy costs.

Regarding Saturday’s meetings with the demonstrators, Prime Minister Haq declared, “We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee.”

Politicians, according to Haq, have found solutions to issues through discussion and “we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation.”

In order to ease the burden of rising flour and power prices, he also expressed a willingness to modify the development budget if needed.

The AJK prime minister stated that his government’s first priority was ensuring public safety, and he further stated that no force was applied to the demonstrators.

Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was killed in a confrontation with demonstrators in Mirpur, and hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday.

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Today’s National Assembly session is scheduled.

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The National Assembly (NA) will meet today (Monday) at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At 4:00 p.m., the National Assembly will convene in the federal capital at Parliament House. The meeting’s agenda has been released by the assembly secretariat.

As per Article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has the authority to call a session of the National Assembly.

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