PESHAWAR - A score of jobless engineers here on Saturday held a protest demonstration against lack of job opportunities and demanded of the KP government to provide them jobs and other facilities on the pattern of other departments. 

Talking to media persons at Peshawar Press Club, the Engineer association President Aamir Khattak, General Secretary Ahmed Faraz and Muhammad Asim said that every year thousands of students were obtaining engineering degrees but the government had no planning to accommodate them who were compelled to switch over to other professions or sit idle.

They said that about 15,000 engineers were presently unemployed alone in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa while at the national-level the number of jobless professionals was in hundreds of thousands. But unfortunately, the government was least bothered to take steps for their appointment, they deplored.

The protesting engineers led by Engineer Tasneem Khan, Engineer Amir Khan, Engineer Faraz Khattak, Engineer Abdur Rehman and Engineer Adeel Khan were holding banners and play cards in the favour of their demands.

They were of the view that it was the responsibility of the KP government to provide jobs to educated people but unfortunately a graduate engineer Aizaz Ali had recently committed suicide due to unemployment.

They said that it is the responsibility of the government to provide jobs to educated people but unfortunately recently an Engineer Aizaz Ali had committed suicide due to unemployment.

The protesting engineers demanded of the government to announce vacancies for Engineers in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and open academies for engineers in the province.

Engn Asim said that Pakistan Engineering Council had prepared a draft of service structure which was pending for at the Prime Minister Secretariat for approval but Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, being engineer was not paying attention towards it.

The engineers, he said, in a state of compulsion were going abroad while thousands of others were working in the country as skilled labourers on fixed meagre salaries, saying that bachelor degree holder engineers were exploited with no official policy for their placement.

He also said that doctors were given house jobs but there was no such plan for engineers to get training stipend, saying that the government should stop discrimination, exploitation so that the engineers would play an effective role in the country’s development.

He suggested ‘if the government approved paid internship plan then the brain drain would also stop.

Engn Asim said that the federal government had promised to accommodate the engineers in different projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but it was yet to materialize its commitment.

About the charter of their demands which the association president to the government, he said, the government should establish academies for arranging free technical courses, paid internship to the professional degree holders and ensure job guarantee.