The ongoing protests in Gilgit-Baltistan against the hike in relief wheat prices have turned into a powerful expression of deep grievances and frustration among residents. Over the past 12 days, thousands of people have taken to the streets, protesting not only against rising wheat prices but also underscoring broader socio-economic concerns that have been simmering for months.
The decision by the Awami Action Committee to continue the protest indefinitely shows its dissatisfaction with the government’s response. Despite a round of negotiations, protesters feel that the government has failed to adequately address their concerns, leading to a sense of frustration. Protesters’ demands go beyond the return of wheat prices, reflecting a collective call for basic rights, representation, and more inclusive governance.