School teachers withdraw their Islamabad sit-in call
The teachers announced to postpone the sit-in near Bani Gala in Islamabad after negotiations with the administration. The TV channel reported that now the Punjab government and teachers association will hold negotiations on Monday (tomorrow).
Teachers have also criticized the statement made by Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas and said, “We have no political intentions. We have brought our regulation issues and will continue the struggle till the demands are approved.”
Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas tweeted, “Teachers protesting outside Bani Gala want to be regularised without passing PPSE which is the LAW. I will NOT break the LAW just to appease them. 4 of their members are sitting with us for the last 2 weeks to resolve this. If they still want to protest, GO ahead. Zero Pressure.”
Teachers protesting outside Bani Gala want to be Regularised without passing PPSE which is the LAW. I will NOT break the LAW just to appease them. 4 of their members are sitting with us for the last 2 weeks to resolve this. If they still want to protest, GO ahead. Zero Pressure.— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) December 19, 2020
Meanwhile, PPP’s Mumtaz Khan has submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat against the torture and teargassing of the teachers near Bani Gala on Saturday.
بنی گالا میں ٹیچرز پر تشدد کیخلاف پنجاب اسمبلی سیکریٹریٹ میں قرارداد جمعPosted by 24 News HD on Saturday, 19 December 2020
It is pertinent to note that police resorted to indiscriminate tear-gassing and baton charge as a large number of protesting teachers marched towards the Bani Gala residence of the Prime Minister in Islamabad on Saturday.
As the protesters planned to gather outside the prime minister’s private mansion and reached the Bani Gala Morr, the police sealed all roads in the area and used brute force against the teachers.
Police did not even spare the women and tortured them as many of them along with the children, who were accompanying them, fainted, the TV channel reported.
The protesting SSE (Secondary School Educators) refused to disperse despite the use of force and staged a sit-in at Bani Gala Morr, with many of them even managing to enter the locality disrupting traffic in the federal capital as the road connecting Serena Hotel to Bani Gala was totally choked.