LAHORE - The Muttahida Mahaz-i-Usatza (MMU) continued their protest on second day of demonstration in favour of their demands outside Punjab Assembly building by blocking traffic at Faisal Chowk, which troubled motorists and jammed the traffic.

Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed also joined the protesting teachers and announced to submit an adjournment motion in PA relating to their demands.

While joining the sit-in on Saturday, the PTI leader strongly criticised the government’s apathy towards the poor masses. He questioned the government’s performance by saying it never responds to the genuine demands of masses till they take it to the streets for their rights.

“Employees of all the government departments have protested at different times but the rulers move only when they see people on TV screens and in newspapers headlines protesting against their failed governance,” the PTI leader remarked. Dozens of teacher participated in the protest, led by MMU Central President Hafiz Ghulam Muhayudin.

The protesters, belonging to different districts of the province, were carrying placards and banners and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.

On Friday, a teacher also got fainted during the protest and was taken by rescuers to nearby hospital for treatment.

MMU vice president Shiekh Ahmad had demanded the government to release the teachers, being punished in PACK exams. He also stressed the teachers must be given scale according to their qualifications like other provinces of the country, adding that the civil bureaucracy must be stopped for giving control of schools to NGOs.

On the other hand, most of the teachers’ representative organisations changed their stance and cancelled protests calls after the Punjab government promised thm for resolving their issues at earliest.

On Friday, protesting teachers staged a protest demonstration outside Punjab Assembly to mount pressure on the government get their problems fixed.

A teacher got fainted during the protest and was taken by rescuers to nearby hospital for treatment. Talking to journalists, MMU Vice President Shiekh Ahmad demanded the government to release the teachers, being punished in PACK exams.

Medical colleges directed to hire teaching staff: Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik has directed four medical colleges to fill vacant posts of teaching staff on five year extendable contract.

The chief minister has also approved constitution of separate recruitment committees for Gujranwala Medical College, Khawaja Safdar Medical College Sialkot, Sahiwal Medical College and Ghazi Medical College Dera Ghazi Khan.

According to the notification, the divisional commissioner will be the convener of the recruitment committee while principal of the college, professor of concerned specialty, representatives of health department and regulation wing of S&GAD (not below the rank of additional secretary) will be the members.