The Awami action committee in the Gilgit-Baltistan region has called for an indefinite shutdown across the region on Tuesday. The committee demanded that they will be holding their protest unless Pakistan withdraws its security forces and rollbacks the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Reportedly, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan believe that CPEC will exploit its water resources which would only benefit Pakistan. Locals are worried about the increasing Chinese footprint in the region. The leadership of Gilgit-Baltistan has been objecting to the controversial corridor for months.
They are also demanding a complete withdrawal of Pakistan forces from its soil.
The strike call comes days after a powerful senate committee, headed by Senator Taj Haider, visited the region to review CPEC projects.
The AAC is an alliance of around 23 religious, nationalist and political groups and was formed in 2014 with the single objective of lowering wheat prices.