KP teachers continue strike for better pays

PESHAWAR –  The teachers strike in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa entered second consecutive day on Saturday where the office-bearers of KP School Management Cadre Officers’ Association announced to continue the strike till the fulfilment of their demands.

The pen down strike was launched against the provincial government for its failure to make up-gradation of their scales on Friday.

The Friday protest was led by Chairman of School Management Cadre Officers’ Association Muhammad Saleem which was attended by a number of employees.

The protesting employees gathered in front of Peshawar Press Club and chanted slogans against the provincial government for not accepting their demands.

The protestors were holding banners and placards inscribed in favor of their demands and against the education department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The aggrieved protestors announced to hold pen-down strike till the acceptance of their demands with regard to the up-gradation of their scales.

Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Saleem said that they have initiated a pen-down strike across the province to develop pressure on the provincial government for addressing their issues.

He alleged that the KP government had only underestimated them as neither they were given service structure nor promotion in the last seven years.

Saleem lashed out at the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government and saying it is indiscriminating with school management cadre employees because their fair demands were not accepted till now despite recording protests several times.

The chairman stressed the authorities concerned to ensure up-gradation and promotion of management cadre employees as soon as possible.

The protestors said that they would not end the protest till the acceptance of their demands and in the next stage, an ending demonstration would be held in front of Bani Gala, a residence of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Islamabad and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister House.

It is worth mentioning here that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had approved the pay-scale up-gradation and regularization of around 75, 000 employees working in various departments and projects across the province.

JI THREATENS PROTEST

AGAINST GAS LOADSHEDDING

Jamaat-e-Islami Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter Deputy General Secretary Bahrullah Advocate has threatened to hold a protest on Tuesday against unannounced gas load shedding in the PK-1 constituency.

He also appealed the chief justice Peshawar High Court to take suo-motu action of hour’s long gas load shedding in terms of alleged gas line losses and profiling.

This he said during a news conference at Peshawar press club, wherein Town Council member Gul Asghar, Bakht Zameen of JI, Naib Nazim Haji Waheed, Malik Saeed Azam, Noor Muhammad, and Manzoor Khan were in attendance.

While sharing details of gas outages in several areas including Gharibabad, Latifabad, Faisal Colony, Haidar Shah Colony, Gulabad and other adjacent areas, Bahrullah informed that the peoples of these areas were deprived of gas facilities for the last six years.

Besides paying gas monthly bills on time, he said that affected people had been facing excessive gas load shedding which multiplied their miseries.

The JI local leader claimed that despite giving several applications to General Manager of the SNGPL, area manager and engineers concerned but the issue could not resolve and no proper action was taken on their requests.

He along with local government representatives and local elders asked officials of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) to ensure smooth supply of natural gas to these areas.

The JI leader also appealed the High Court to intervene the issue and take stern action against the officials concerned over the issue, as the people may take a sigh of relief from gas outages.

The local leader also announced to hold a protest demonstration in front of Governor House, Peshawar on Tuesday next.

 

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