KARACHI  - Police Wednesday used force to disperse protesting professors and lecturers who took to the streets for their rights.

On the call of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), scores of teachers staged a sit-in in front of the secretariat for promotion and other rightful incentives. According to officials, the government opted for police’s action after talks to woo troubled teachers failed.

The SPLA leaders said over half a dozen teachers got injured as police used teargas-shelling, baton-charge and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Police also arrested more than 30 teachers, said the leaders.

Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association President Prof Shahjehan Panhwar and General Secretary Siddique Unar said police also manhandled female professors and injured them in baton charge.

Condemning the torture and use of force against the protesting teachers, the SPLA leaders have announced boycott of educational activities across  the province today (Thursday).

The SPLA leaders said that they were protesting for promotions of the lecturers and professors in 18 and 19 grades and elimination of corruption in the education department, which drew the education secretary’s anger. The babu called the police who stooped to torture, they added.

According to the protesters, more than 1,000 teachers have been waiting for their promotions for years but the government has been dragging its feet over the mater.

“The Sindh government is yet to implement the timescale and promotion formula – the other provinces have brought in”.

They also demanded the removal of Education Secretary Fazullah Pechoho – the brother-in law of former president Asif Ali Zardari.