On Wednesday, October 23, hundreds of teachers from the Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) gathered at the D-Chowk roundabout for a sit-in protest to demand regularization of services prior to heading towards the Parliament House. This prompted police to disperse the crowd using water canons.
BESC teachers warned they will continue to stage sit-ins at D-chowk until their demands are met.
Similar demonstrations are possible over the coming days. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected near all gatherings.
In December 2018, similar protests held by BESC teachers led to an agreement with the Education Ministry, which assured their demands would be met by November 15.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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