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ISLAMABAD: The authorities has agreed to a 20% wage improve for its workers after talks with representatives of the protesting workers in Islamabad.

Sources have been quoted as saying by Geo News that the talks have been held at Defence Minister Pervez Khattak’s home.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has instructed the Islamabad administration to launch all arrested workers instantly.

Sources say a delegation of the federal government workers has been assured of a 20% improve of their salaries and the discharge of all arrested authorities workers.

A notification for it’s anticipated right this moment (Thursday).

Khattak, Ahmed and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan participated within the talks on behalf of the federal government.

Red Zone turns right into a battle subject

 The Constitution Avenue in Islamabad turned right into a battlefield Wednesday when the police used power to disperse authorities workers staging protest looking for improve of their salaries.

The police resorted to baton cost and threw tons of of teargas shells to disperse the agitating workers as tens of protesters have been arrested and despatched to lockups of various police stations. At least 30 protesting workers have been taken into custody beneath Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO).

The teargas shelling within the radius of three to five kilometre across the Constitution Avenue was so heavy that the folks felt suffocation. All incoming roads together with the Islamabad Expressway and Motorway remained closed for hours.

The Islamabad Police fired in depth tear gasoline on the protesting authorities workers once they have been heading in the direction of the Parliament House. The protesters reached the D-Chowk whereas the Islamabad authorities blocked the way in which in the direction of the Parliament House with containers.

According to sources, demonstrators began bypassing the containers and the police as soon as once more resorted to teargas shelling to disperse them. Because of the teargas, some police and Rangers personnel additionally needed to retract for some time and fell unconscious.

The protesters demanded that the containers be eliminated or they’d take away them on their very own. The federal authorities workers, demanding elevate of their salaries, had gathered on the Constitution Avenue after their chief Rehman Bajwa and 9 others have been arrested in a single day.

Following the arrests, the federal government staff within the federal capital had introduced that they’d march in the direction of the Parliament House from the Pakistan Secretariat for his or her calls for and the discharge of their leaders.

The police had resorted to teargas shelling after they made a move in the direction of the parliament. The protesters at one level had additionally encircled Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz. The protesting workers additionally closed the doorways to the Secretariat, bringing the federal government equipment to a halt.

The protesters acquired help from authorities workers over Grade 17, who additionally demanded a rise of their salaries. The All Pakistan Clerks Association and authorities workers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh are additionally supporting the protest.

Speaking on the matter, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed mentioned that the federal government handled the protesters appropriately and it have been the demonstrators that had gone again on the settlement. “We dealt with this correctly, we are increasing the salaries of 95 percent employees at an average of 40 percent,” the minister when requested in regards to the scenario mentioned. Skeikh Rasheed mentioned the protesters had backed out of the settlement they’d made with the federal ministers. He claimed that the federal government had agreed to extend the salaries of the federal government workers from Grade 1-16.

He mentioned when the federal government was about to situation the notification on this regard, the protesters demanded that the salaries of workers from grade 17-22 must also be elevated which, he mentioned, would add burden of billions of rupees to the exchequer. The inside minister additionally claimed that the protesters had the help of officers. He additionally refused to the demand of accelerating the salaries of provincial officers, clarifying that it was not within the area of the federal authorities. The matter can be resolved if the protesters return to their preliminary calls for, the inside minister mentioned.

Official sources mentioned that there ought to be a rise of 25 p.c within the salaries of officers from grade 1-16 on an advert hoc foundation. They additionally mentioned that the finance ministry may finalise the proposal by tonight or tomorrow and ship it to the prime minister and adviser on finance for approval.

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman whereas denouncing the arrest of protesting authorities workers mentioned he accepted the democratic proper of the protesters. He mentioned this whereas addressing an emergency press convention on the Al-Jamiat House, Hyderabad. “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the protesters.”

Meanwhile, former president and President of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned violence and use of teargas on the federal government workers and mentioned that it had drastically pained him to see what occurred in D-Chowk right this moment. Asif Ali Zardari mentioned that people who find themselves simply demanding a rise of their salaries shouldn’t be handled like enemies. He mentioned that he had predicted how Imran Khan would act after coming to energy.

He mentioned Imran Khan might do nothing however exploit the folks. “Why does it sting the PTI government to allow an increase in the salaries of government employees,” he requested.

He mentioned the PPP raised salaries of presidency workers regardless of dealing with hurdles and troublesome conditions. “The situation now has become so grim that small scale employees have fallen below the poverty line,” he mentioned. He said that the nation couldn’t progress with the financial exploitation of the federal government workers.

Also, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed solidarity with the protesting workers and requested the federal government to just accept their real calls for with none delay. He condemned the shelling and arrests of protesting authorities workers and requested the federal government to just accept their real calls for and launch all of the arrested workers.

Expressing solidarity with agitating authorities workers, the PPP chairman mentioned that the PTI regime had resorted to highhandedness towards the staff as a substitute of listening to their real grievances.

He mentioned the PPP authorities had doubled the salaries of the federal government workers however the PTI authorities had destroyed the economic system via unprecedented inflation as a substitute of giving incentives to the federal government workers. Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) strongly criticised the PTI authorities for torturing and throwing teargas on the protesting authorities workers.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif slammed the federal government by saying her help to the protesting authorities workers and declared that the violence towards authorities workers, use of teargas and arrests have been merciless techniques of the faux authorities.

Maryam Nawaz mentioned that although the inflation had elevated 4 instances, the current authorities over the last three years had not elevated a single rupee within the salaries of the federal government workers. She mentioned the federal government had crushed the folks, particularly authorities workers, within the mill of inflation.

“We will raise our voice against the rights of government employees and violence against them at every forum, including Parliament,” she introduced. Maryam Nawaz demanded rapid launch of the arrested authorities workers in addition to acceptance of their calls for concerning improve in salaries.

Earlier in her twitter message she mentioned the protesting authorities workers have been residents of Pakistan and the federal government ought to cease tackling them violently. PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif additionally condemned the federal government for torturing the protesting authorities workers. He, in his twitter message, mentioned that his coronary heart was bleeding as he noticed the police throwing teargas on the protesting authorities workers.

Nawaz mentioned over the last two and a half years, the inflation and unemployment had elevated manifolds leading to placing excessive burden on the widespread residents. He mentioned if the individuals who introduced Imran Khan into energy would reply until what time the nation needed to bear this cruelty.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Senator Sirajul Haq strongly condemned the police crackdown and arrests of protesting authorities workers, asking the federal government to instantly handle their calls for and launch these detained.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) strongly condemned brutality and use of power towards protesting authorities workers who have been demanding elevate in salaries which had been denied by the federal authorities since 2018. PFUJ President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi in assertion urged the federal government to carry talks with authorities workers as a substitute of utilizing excessive handedness and utilizing power as they have been demanding pay elevate which they’d been denied since lengthy.

They mentioned, “We stand by the workers and government employees and we are duty bound to support their legal and constitutional rights and demands.”

A delegation of PFUJ, National Press Club and RIUJ led by former president PFUJ Afzal Butt, President NPC Shakeel Anjum and RIUJ President Amir Sajad Syed is already on the web site of protest for displaying solidarity with protesting authorities workers. PFUJ management appealed to the administration of National Press Club to supply subsidised meals from the canteen of the National Press Club and free meals for detained authorities workers.

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