LAHORE Hundreds of Lady Health Workers on Friday took out a rally from Nasir Bagh and marched to the Punjab Assembly where they staged a sit-in for hours to press for the demand of regularisation of service and release of salaries before Eidul Azha. The LHWs from other towns started gathering at Nasir Bagh from where they took out a rally and marched on The Mall, causing worst traffic mess on the main artery already banned for such an activity. Hundreds of LHWs, carrying placards and banners inscribed with the demand of release of salaries before Eid and confirmation of their service, reached Faisal Chowk where they staged a sit-in for hours, stopping vehicular movement on The Mall and its adjoining roads at peak working hours. A group of LHWs also exchanged harsh words with some traders and even thrashed a jeweler of panorama centre who was crossing the road for offering Friday prayers at Masjid-e-Shuhada. The incident caused the traders to stage a protest demonstration, not against the government but the protesting LHWs. The LHWs called off protest after successful negotiations with three member committee constituted by Secretary Health Jahanzeb Khan. The committee assured the LHWs that their one month salary would be released before Eidul Azha. Talking to the newsmen outside PA, President LHWs association Rukhsana Anwar said the Punjab government had adopted discriminatory attitude towards LHWs of other districts. She said the Health Department had released one month salary of LHWs in Lahore and depriving those working in other cities. She said that LHWs were not getting salaries for the last four months and it was responsibility of the Punjab government to give due right to the working ladies.