PESHAWAR – The Action Committee, National Internship Programme, Friday staged a protest demonstration against the stoppage of NIP and warned the the government to restore it, or else they would besiege the Chief Minister’s House.

Holding banners and placards, the students gathered in front of Peshawar Press Club and chanted full-throated slogans against the federal and provincial governments.

The students were of the view that the so-called champions of democracy stopped the programme initiated by former dictator President Pervez Musharraf and instead of further promoting the programme they stopped funds and deprived the poor and unemployed students of their one-year employment opportunity.

They said that Rs 10,000 scholarship was not only the sources of income for poor families but was also meeting the requirement of the shortage of staff in educational institutions.

They added that special internship program for Malakand division was also initiated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan but after devolving the department the provincial government made the excuse that they have no availability of funds.

They also criticized the elected representatives for not raising this issue in Provincial and National Assembly. They appealed to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti to restore this program for the financial empowerment of the new graduates.

They warned that if National Internship Program was not restored then they would encircle Parliament House and Chief Minister House.