SADIQABAD - The All Pakistan Clerks Association Rahim Yar Khan leaders clarified that the Apca leadership had not ended the protest movement instead it had been delayed for one week. Apca district President Muhammad Boota, Secretary General Mehboob Khan, Senior Vice President Ghulam Muhammad and district Chairman Tanveer Shakir were addressing a press conference at the District Secretariat of Apca. They also said that negotiations had begun between the Apca leadership and the government officials. They also threatened that if their demands were not accepted as per the promise made by the government with the Apca representatives, protest sit-ins and strikes would restart. They added that the clerks would close down government offices and a civil disobedience movement would be begun. They demanded immediate revision of their scales, besides increase in conveyance, medical and house rent allowances. They clarified that the Apca activists would not take rest and organise the struggle and movement against the government until their demands were accepted. Earlier, Apca had threatened to lay siege to the provincial assemblies and the parliament house and stage sit-ins if the government employees’ salaries were not increased along with utility allowance.The employees were observing complete strike across Rahim Yar Khan on the call of Apca. Because of the closed down offices, the people who visited the offices hailing from far flung areas of the district had to face hardships and returned disappointed. In addition, the officials of above 16 scales could not be seen in their offices as well.The employees of different departments held the protests and took out rallies led by Apca Central Adviser Mian Ikram and district president Muhammad Boota. Carrying banners and placards inscribed with their demands, the protesters were chanting slogans against the federal and the provincial governments. Addressing the rally, Mr Ikram and Mr Boota said that the rulers always reneged on their promise. They said that now they would never accept government’s agreements and committees. The APCA leaders said that the everyday skyrocketing hike in electricity and gas tariffs and in the prices of petroleum products and edibles had made the life of poor workers miserable.