Govt staff to go on 'grand' protest on February 10

By: News Desk      Published: 12:40 AM, 13 Jan, 2021
Govt staff to go on 'grand' protest on February 10
Union head Rehman Bajwa says the protest has nothing to do with politics.

The core committee of an alliance of government employees has announced staging a ‘grand’ demonstration in front of the Parliament on February 10.

The protesting staff had a plan to hold a demonstration in March but the core committee rejected it and decided to go on protest on 10th of the next month.

According to sources, the leadership of an 11-party alliance of opposition, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), has contacted the protesting staff and invited them to join them.

However, the employees refused to take part in the PDM campaign, saying that the staff has nothing to do with politics. “Our agenda is apolitical and we are raising voice for our service rights,” union leader Rehman Bajwa said.

In October, thousands of government employees took to the streets in the federal capital against price hike and ‘anti-employee policies.’  They raised the demands for increasing salaries and allowances keeping in view the price hikes, end to downsizing and privatisation of government-owned entities.

Contingents of police, paramilitary troops, including Rangers, were deployed to maintain law and order. The fresh call for protest comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan formed a five-member committee to compile a report on law and order in connection with the demos in the federal capital, Islamabad.