KARACHI - Teachers continued their sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Thursday to press the government for immediately ordering making their jobs permanent without further tests along with payment of outstanding salaries.

Carrying placards and banners, the protestors were chanting slogans against the Sindh government.

They said that they were recruited on merit as they had passed the NTS and Sindh University exams. Therefore, they contended, they should be made permanent employees.

Rahib Soomro, a JST teacher from Karachi, told media men that Sindh chief minister had promised him and his colleagues that he would meet with them today (Thursday) and consider their demands. “But he did not meet us,” he grumbled. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh President Sarfraz Khan also joined in the protest camp to show solidarity with the teachers.

Talking to media men, he accused the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government of selling all types of government jobs. He alleged that the PPP government had only promoted corruption in Sindh, which, he added, had destroyed every department, including health, education and irrigation.

Holding Sindh government responsible for ruthless torture on teachers, he said it was ironical that these teachers, who were recruited by the PPP government, were now being beaten up by the police of the same government.

PML-N Sindh president demanded that teacher's issues should be addressed immediately. He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab governments had regularised the teachers who had passed the NTS test, so the Sindh government should also do this.

Separately, Primary Teachers Association (PTA) leaders Shafi Muhammad, Ali Nawaz Pahnwer and others continued their hunger strike. They said they would not end their strike till their demands were met.

Later, Additional Secretary Education, Moazzam Ali Marri met with PTA leaders and assured that tomorrow (Friday) he would arrange a meeting of PTA and NTS teachers with the education secretary of Sindh.