Karachi: Police arrest several protesting teachers, including women
KARACHI: Police arrested several protesting teachers after a clash near Bilawal House Clifton. The clash took place between protestors and police on Thursday evening after talks between Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and New Teachers Action Committee failed.
Teachers were staging sit-in near Bilawal House for the last nine days to impress upon the government to realize their just demands.
Police resorted to baton-charge and used water canon to disperse the protestors. Police also arrested teachers from the site including female teachers. Traffic jam was witnessed in the area due to clash. Earlier Khuhro reached to engage the protesters through talks and resolve the issue but all went fail.
The teachers appointed in June 2012 by the then Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq were still unable to draw their salaries as their appointments and procedures adopted in their hiring cropped questions.
Talking to Daily Times Shakeel Memon spokesman of Sindh Senior Minister for Education said on the directives of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairperson PPP, Khuhro staged third round of talks with the protestors.
He said we have repeatedly offered the protestors to appear in national testing service (NTS) test to qualify for the recruitment.
He said since previous appointments were bogus, government suspended twelve officers allegedly involved in the fake hiring. He said minister made it clear to the protestors since appointments were illegal, department could not go against the law.
This issue is of past now. Protestors themselves took the matter to court. Since this matter is subjudice, what can department do, said Memon.
Regarding the arrest of protestors, spokesman said this matter belonged to law and order situation and Sindh Education Department has nothing to do with it. He said they were still ready for talks with protestors. Meanwhile the teachers said their protest would continue until their demands were met.