Multan-Hundreds of daily wagers of health department laid siege to the health office and broke the door of CEO Health office against the termination of their services and non-payment of six month wages here on Wednesday.

The protesters shouted slogans against Deputy Commissioner Nadir Chatha, CEO Health Shahid Bokhari and the government. They demanded payment of their salaries and reinstatement forthwith.

Talking to the journalists, the protesters said that 700 workers from dengue eradication programme were fired by the DC with one stroke of pen and they were not paid their six month wages too. They warned that they would lay siege to the offices of district administration if their salaries were not paid. “We’ll block Chowk Kachehri for an indefinite period if our demands are not accepted forthwith,” they added. They demanded the Chief Minister to take notice of their plight and direct concerned authorities to reinstate them.

Meanwhile, the lawyers turned new judicial complex of Multan into a battle field as they attacked the building, smashed windowpanes, doors and clashed with police on Wednesday.

Highly enraged on what they described as government’s reluctance in honouring their demands, the black coats brought out a big rally and tried to enter the premises of new judicial complex. The police, however, made an attempt to prevent the lawyers from entering the complex on which they clashed with the cops and managed to break the siege.

The lawyers carried out non-stop sloganeering against the government and top judicial personalities and smashed window glasses with clubs and rods. A large number of female lawyers also accompanied the protesters. Talking to the media, the lawyers said that although the courts were shifted to new judicial complex, it lacked all facilities. “We’re forced to sit under open sky even in this rainy weather. We demand re-shifting of courts to the Kachehry until all missing facilities are made available at new judicial complex,” they demanded. The courts were moved to new judicial complex on November 14 and the lawyers are protesting against this decision since then. Meanwhile, heavy police contingents were deployed at all other courts in view of lawyers protests.

Rapist-cum-killer of minor girl arrested

MAILSI -Police claimed to have arrested a man who was allegedly responsible for killing a six-year-old girl after rape here the other day.

According to Vehari DPO Umar Saeed Malik, the girl was out of home on 12th of Rabiul Awwal in connection with Miladun Nabi celebrations when she had gone missing. Police registered an abduction case and launched investigation but could not recover the girl alive. She was found dead on Dec 4 in an under-construction building at Fida Chungi in the rear of City Marriage Hall.

The DPO said that a special police team was formed for arrest of the accused. The team arrested some suspects from the neighbourhood of the girl's house, interrogated them and found out the accused. He was identified as Asif, 29, resident of Darbar Nathay Shah Street. The DPO said that the accused confessed to the crime. On the night of Rabiul Awwal 12, he allegedly lured the girl to a deserted place, raped her and buried the unconscious girl in an under-construction building. The accused had earlier served seven years in prison in a rape case and was released in 2016, the DPO said. Investigation also revealed his involvement in several other immoral activities, the DPO added, vowing to make the court award the accused stern punishment.

Press Club elections

HAFIZABAD-Joint candidates of Taj group, Hijazi group and Rana Yousaf Waheed Group have swept all the slots of District Press Club/Union of Journalists Hafizabad in the election for 2018.

Haji Amjad Parvez Chatha was elected as chairman by getting 65 votes as against 9 votes got by his rival Rai Ghazanfar, Rana Muhammad Arshad Anjum was elected President by getting 63 votes as against Rana Safdar who got 10 votes. Similarly, Hafiz Muhammad Azizur Rehman was elected Sectary General by getting 63 votes as against Ch Javed Asad who obtained 11 votes.

All the other office-bearers were elected unopposed. Meanwhile, Muhammad Kashif Randhawa, a provincial leader of PML-N Youth Wing has congratulated Ch Amjad Parvez Chatha for his landslide victory and announced donation of Rs100,000 to the Press Club.