LAHORE - The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has deferred the termination orders of more than 100 teachers issued by the secretary a month ago, said sources on Friday. The board members decided that the matter of ETPB education wing would be decided by its board of governors after its formation, according to sources.

The ETPB management has dismissed over 100 daily wages employees without paying them two months’ salary. These employees were hired by ETPB former chairman Syed Asif Hashmi. The ETPB spokesman said that these employees were recruited for 89 days and their contract was renewed after every three months. These employees had staged a demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club before Eid demanding their three months salaries.

After the protest, the management paid them one month salary and promised two months salaries after Eid. But when the employees contacted the office for their duties, they were told they have been sacked. Among the employees are upper division clerk, lower division clerks, class four employees, sweepers and teachers. An employee who was sacked said that his colleagues have already filed a writ petition in Lahore High Court against this decision and the court sought reply from ETPB over the issue.

The board meeting was chaired by Ch Riaz while Junaid Ahmad, Mian imran Masood, Muhammad Nawaz, Mian Munir Ahmad, Sardar Saham Singh, Zarqa Butt, Dr Souran Singh, Pervez John Saroya and Dr Manohar Chand attended the meeting. Ch Riaz said that all affairs of the board are being run as per law and the board performance is improving day by day. He said minorities reposed trust in ETPB and it was priority of the board to provide security to the minorities. The secretary briefed the meeting about administrative and financial issues. Important decisions on new estimates of rented properties owned by the ETPB and look after the ETPB lands were also taken up.