ISLAMABAD - The sacked employees of United Bank Limited (UBL) have warned the government of countrywide protests, to be started from next month in case their demands were not met by the end of the ongoing month. The members of Central Action Committee (CAA) of the Retrenched Officers Association, UBL, visited TheNation to elaborate on their grievances, which they hold against the present government. The sacked employees slammed the government for resorting to delaying tactics regarding their reinstatement. Muhammad Anwar Usmani, Chairman Central Action Committee, while talking to this correspondent, told that as many as 5,416 employees were forcibly retired from their jobs on October 12 1997 in the period of Nawaz Sharif, in stark violation of services rules. He said that the said employees were victimised politically where as no valid justification was held against their termination. We were sacked due to the sole reason that we were promoted in Benazir Bhuttos tenure between 1991 to 1994, he added. He went on to say that Benzair Bhutto had expressed her deep sympathies with the suspended officials of United Bank and had vowed to reinstate them on numerous occasions. According to him, the BB, while leading a public rally in Karachi, on November 15 1997, had urged the sacked officials not to worry under prevailing circumstances. Consider yourself as if your are on leave, I would reinstate all of you once I assume power. Thats what BB had said then, added Anwar Usmani. He said that BB had reiterated her resolve again in December 2007 while leading public rallies in Karachi and Lahore. However, the officials deplored, despite the arrival of PPP government, our demands have not been met. The discarded ones reported that they had raised the issue of their reinstatement in May 2008. The government had made reinstatement committee under the chairmanship of Raza Rabbani to reinstate the sacked employees. The political victims said that Mian Raza Rabbani had assured them that government would bring an ordinance to reinstate the sacked employees. On February 14 of this year, the President of Pakistan had issued an ordinance according to which, 2200 politically victimised officials of 22 government departments including SNGPL, OGDCL, ADBP, PIA, State Life, Utility Stores Corporation and other government-run organisations were reinstated with all the due benefits. However, UBL employees were marginalized and the matter pertaining to their reinstatement was held in abeyance. The suspended bankers said that after the resignation of Raza Rabbani from chairmanship of the Reinstatement Committee, Labour Minister Khurshid Shah assumed the chair of the committee. The employees slammed Khurshid of his negligence and apathetic attitude towards the matter. We had arranged a protest on April 13.