Chitral: Markets remained mostly closed in the three main bazars of Chitral, Drosh and Booni. Most people when asked as to what was the protest against, they said it is against price hike of essential commodities. Surprisingly few however said the protest was called by big traders of Karachi who were resisting in being documented and coming under the tax radar.
The general public in Chitral though not happy about the steep price hike being experienced by them also realise that the extra money being collected this way is to pay off the loans against Pakistan. People however demand extreme austerity measures by the government in it’s overhead expenses and demand an imposition of austerity emergency in all the government and security departments. .. CN report, 13 Jul 2019