GILGIT: A meeting among leaders of the Awami Action Committee (AAC) to decide the future course of their strike was under way late into the night on Wednesday following a meeting with Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Mehdi Shah who assured them of agreeing to their demands. “We will decide the fate of our strikes in a meeting which is due shortly,” said AAC Chairman Ehsan Ali, soon after meeting the CM at his office. Headed by Ali, a four-member AAC delegation met Shah on his request to negotiate their demands. “The CM has assured us that two of our demands, including the curtailment of load-shedding, will be met within a week, while fees at government hospitals will also be waived completely. But we are mainly concerned with revival of G-B’s wheat subsidy,” Ali told The Express Tribune. Various parts of the region have been witnessing protests and strikes since Tuesday on AAC’s call.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2014.
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