Lahore - The WAPDA employees observed the ‘Martyrs Day’ on Wednesday, across the country, under the auspices of All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union to pay tributes to those electricity workers, who were electrocuted at workplaces. Workers and members of the management of Distribution Companies and PEPCO, widows and orphans of the deceased workers, participated in the events held in this connection in Peshawar, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad , Quetta and other cities.

In Lahore, hundreds of workers and trade union representatives, widows and orphans of the martyred workers and representatives of the management, PEPCO General Manager Muhammad Saleem Jatt., LESCO Chief Executive Officer Qaisar Zaman., and Chief Engineers, LESCO. Assadullah Khan and Mujahid Islam Billa attended a Safety Conference held at Bakhtiar Labour Hall. The conference was presided over by General Secretary of the union Khursheed Ahmed. On the occasion, Khursheed paid tributes to the martyrs, who either died in more than 250 incidents of electrocution or became permanently disabled every year.

He urged the workers to refuse to work in case of absence of safety regulations, in exercise of their basic rights. He expressed concern that Pakistan had been ranked amongst those countries of the world, where high number of workers fell prey to accidents, including mining and transport sectors due to unsafe working conditions and lack of absence of safety regulations.

On the occasion, he remembered 300 workers of Baldia Town Factory, Karachi, 52 workers of the Chemical Factory Sunder Industrial Estate, Lahore, two workers of Bhalwal Grid Station, two workers of Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station and two workers of D.G. Kan Electricity Circle who died on account of tragic accidents.