LAHORE - Scores of activists of All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) besieged the residence of Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as a protest for implementing federal government’s Pay and Pension Committee recommendations.

The APCA leaders and members blocked the Zahoor Elahi Road for more than three hours and ended the protest on the assurance of Pervaiz Elahi temporarily.

Pervaiz, who is also senior PML-Q leader, assured the APCA members for getting their demand accepted.

He told the delegation that he would talk to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister for the demands, besides arranging a meeting of the APCA leaders from the four provinces with Federal Finance Minister, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh for the fulfillment of their demand.

However, the APCA leadership said that they would re-launch the protest if their demands were not implemented soon.

The APCA leaders said that the federal government’s pay and pension committee was formed three years back promised increase in the salaries and house rent of the government employees, revision of pay scales, regularising the contract employees and up gradation of the employees from grade 1 to 16, however not a single promise had been fulfilled so far.

They also condemned the ruling coalition for integrating the ad hoc allowances into basic pay scale and demanded immediate reversal of the decision.

Pervaiz Elahi along with his son Moonis Elahi met with the APCA leaders led by chairman APCA Pakistan, Haji Fazal Dad Gujjar, Haji Muhammad Irshad, Mohammad Younis Bhatti and others and promised to solve their issues relating to pay and pension commission recommendations.

PML-Q senior leader also addressed the participants of APCA protest demonstration and said that he fully realises the problems and grievances of the government employees, and he would go to any extent to solve the problems of the government employees.

Meanwhile, PML-Q chief, Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain in a meeting with temporary gas meter readers working in Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) promised them that they would be regularised and he would talk to Prime Minister in this regard.

PML-Q secretary general Mushahid Hussain Syed and Chaudhary Shafay Hussain were also present on this occasion.