LAKKI MARWAT - The district chapter of All Primary Teachers Association on Tuesday held a protest demonstration at Kargil Chowk on Tuesday to press the government for the acceptance of teachers’ demands.

Primary school teachers gathered in Eidgah on Old Kachery Road and took out a rally led by Apta’s Provincial Vice President Shafiq Ahmad, District President Zafar Iqbal, General Secretary Haji Abdul Rahim and others. The protesters carried banners and placards inscribed with slogans highlighting the demands of teachers association.

Later, they reached Kargil Chowk and turned into a small gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, their leaders said that the sky rocketing prices had broken the backbone of government employees especially teacher community.

“We cannot make both ends meet nor can fulfill the basic requirements of our families”, they maintained.

They said that the government should implement the recommendations of pay and pension committee regarding raise in salaries.

They also demanded of the government to release service structure and time scale promotion formula for primary schoolteachers. They demanded conversion of CP fund to GP fund and provision of other perks and privileges to teacher community.

3 cops dismissed

Three police constables were dismissed from service after charges of negligence and absenteeism proved against them during the process of departmental disciplinary action, said an official on Tuesday.

The official said that the department had initiated disciplinary action against constables Humayun, Muhammad Ishaq and Javaria for long absenteeism on their part and showing negligence in performing professional obligations.

“Consequent upon the report of disciplinary action committee the district police officer Umar Riaz ordered their dismissal from service”, he said.

Cleric’s murder a big tragedy

Terming the murder of Maulana Syed Muhammad Mohsin Shah a big tragedy and loss the JUI-F district amir Maulana Abdul Rahim has called upon the government to take measures for the security and safety of clerics and religious scholars.

Talking to reporters after the party meeting in Eidgah, he said that JUI would hold a protest demonstration on Friday in Lakki city to condemn the murder of Mohsin Shah who was also the head of Marwat Qaumi Jirga.

He told that JUI-F office bearers would also approach trader bodies to seek their support for observing shutter down strike on next Friday.

“The government and law enforcement agencies should probe the murder of the cleric thoroughly and bring the killers into clutches of law forthwith”, the JUI district chief said.

He also condemned the killing of Maulana Aslam Shaikhupuri and other religious scholars in different parts of the country.

He said that ulema were regularly receiving life threats but the government was a silent spectator and was taking no steps for their security.

He told that religious scholars were peaceful citizens as they strived hard for peace and harmony by promoting the true image of religion.

Teachers’ sons job quota demanded

Our Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Meanwhile, All Primary Teachers Association Peshawar region staged a protest demonstration asking to have a teacher son’s quota, implementation of time scale and merger of adhoc relief into their permanent salaries.

Holding banners and placard inscribed with different slogans in favour of their demands, the teachers staged the protest demonstration out side of Peshawar Press Club. Led by Khalid Khan and Bakht Afsar, the protesting teachers alleged that service structure and time scale the government had announced for them had been spoiled by beau racy which they termed unfortunate.

They demanded of the government to immediately issue a notification of the government sanctioned services structure and warned that if it was not made possible by May 25 otherwise they would call for a provincewide protest call and the government would be responsible if anything happened in this regard.