KARACHI - The hunger strike by the people of Lyari as well as the PPP workers has completed a week on Saturday here outside Karachi Press Club (KPC). They were protesting against the Federal Ministry of Ports and Shipping for not issuing them appointment letters despite fulfilling legal formalities for the jobs at Port Qasim. A number of youths, belonging to Lyari, who have not been issued appointment letters, had set up a hunger strike camp last Saturday outside KPC for their demands. The participants were joined by a score of workers of Pakistan Peoples Party from Lyari, which is the PPP dominated area since the very first day of PPPs formation. The PPP leaders are not only supporting their stand but also demanding from their higher party command and the federal government to make initiative to fulfil their genuine demands. In this connection, on Saturday, PPP Senator Almas Parveen belonging to Lyari had visited the camp and assured the participants to take their matter to the federal ministry to resolve it. Almas Parveen, who is also the organiser of PPP District South Women Wing, showed her solidarity with them and demanded of the President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to resolve this matter on immediate basis because the residents of Lyari have always been committed to the PPP. Similarly, several political parties representatives and ministers have made visits to the hunger strike camp and assured their full support to take their matters to the higher party command as well as the government. Sindh Minister for Katchi Abbadi Rafiq Engineer visited the camp to show his solidarity with the participants. He also assured the participants to take this issue to the federal government though chief minister Sindh. The PPP minister admitted that the PPPs strong hold, Lyari, had been deprived of all the basic necessities of life. Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh, Mufti Shafiuddin Hazarvi, Arshad Naqvi acting secretary of PPP Karachi, Saleem Hungoro MPA PPP, Qasim Baloch and other PPP leaders have also made visit to the camp in order to show their solidarity with the participants. On the other side, Sindh Minister for Human Rights Nadia Gabol and Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh Azhar-ul-Hassan belonging to MQM had also visited the camp where they requested the participants to end their strike and assured them that the matter would be discussed with the Ports and Shipping Minister. But the participants did not agreed to end their strike till the issuance of their appointment letters. Meanwhile, central leader of PML-N Siddiqu Al Farooq, Saleem Zia, Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Sindh Asadullah Bhutto, Karachi Ameer Mohammad Hussain Mehanti, Nasrullah Shaji and others also visited the camp where they assured the participants of their complete support. The hunger strike camp was lead by Khalil Hoth, president PPP City area of 109, Ismail Baloch, Javed Baloch, Ubaid Rind, Naeem Baloch and others. The participants told that after publishing the advertisement of various vacancies in Port Qasim on October 20, 2008, they had applied for them and were selected after fulfilling all the legal formalities in different posts at Port Qasim. As many as 35 people from Lyari Town had been selected and issued medical fitness certificates from the PNS Shifa hospital on December 21, 2008. After submitting the letters to the authorities concerned they started waiting for their appointment letters, but they have yet not received the letters.