PESHAWAR, 21 April: Technical and non-technical staff of various government departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday held a protest demonstration outside the provincial assembly, blocking Khyber Road for all kinds of vehicular traffic for five hours.
The protest was aimed at pressing the provincial government to accept their demands vis-à-vis service promotions. The protestors said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had assured that technical and non-technical staff of the government department would also be upgraded, which has yet to be materialized. “During a meeting held in December 2014 the chief minister had assured us that all the technical and non-technical staff, from grade-1 to grade-16, would be given four-step promotion. This pledge has yet to be materialized. We’ll continue our sit-in outside the provincial legislature until our demands are accepted,” they said.
Meanwhile, the protestors dispersed after the police resorted to firing tear-gas shells and baton-charge as the irate protestors tried to force their way into the provincial assembly. The protestors threatened to shift their sit-in outside Chief Minister House if their demands were not paid proper heed.