SADIQABAD - The government officers and clerks observed complete strike across Rahim Yar Khan district and took out a protest rally to get their Charter of Demands approved.

All the employees converged at a camp set up in the Town Hall wherefrom the rally started and culminated at the office of the district coordination officer. It was called by the All Pakistan Clerks Association and led by its district president Muhammad Boota and general secretary Mehboob Khan.

Carrying banners and placards inscribed with their demands, the participants chanted slogans against the government and raised a voice for acceptance of their demands.

Outside the DCO Office, the participants were addressed by the APCA district president, general secretary, Ghulam Muhammad Aslam, Rana Muhammad Qasim, Akhtar Lodhi, Fazal Korai, Malik Sanaullah, and Tehsil Council President Mazbool Ahmad. The speakers said that the rulers in the national and provincial assemblies had turned a deaf ear to the people’s grievances while labourers and workers have fallen victim to poverty and dearness. They added that the government was ignoring its employees’ issues.

The APCA bigwigs said that the government instead of fighting the war of their vested interests should provide relief to the workers so as to strengthen them financially. They warned that if their demands were not met, the APCA would expand protests and besiege the rulers’ residences.

On the occasion, acting DCO Chaudhry Amjad Basheer assured the protesters that the charter of demands presented by the APCA would be presented before the high officials.

He further said that DCO Dr Ahmad Javed Qazi was keenly interested in resolving the clerks’ problems, expressing the hope that their all issues including promotions would be settled at the earliest. Later, the acting DCO, flanked by Action Committee Chairman Tanveerul Hassan Shakir, visited various departments as well. The rally was guarded by heavy contingent of police.