Police beat up protesting teachers KARACHI: Karachi police mercilessly beat up teachers, who were protesting peacefully before the Governor House, here on Thursday to get diverted government attention on their demands. Ruthless police action on peaceful rally of teachers resulted in injuries to some 30 teachers, while dozens of protesters were arrested.
Hundreds of teachers belonging to various towns of the province on the joint call of Government Schoolteachers Association (GSTA), Primary Teachers Association (PTA), Mehran Teachers Association (MTA), Masjid Teachers Association (MATA), and other bodies gathered near Karachi Press Club and marched towards the Governor House to submit their demands.
Teachers, led by Central President Pakistan Teachers Association, Rafique Jarwar were demanding of the government to provide them all facilities, being enjoyed by teachers of three remaining province, when contingents of police in full anti-riots gear fell on them.
They lobbed tear gas shells, and applied stern baton charge and begun arresting protesters.
Panic ran amongst protesting teachers and they ran helter shelter to save their lives. Later, protestors again assembled and staged a demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club (KPC).
Rafique Jarwar, addressing on the occasion, harshly criticized the government for this extreme violence over teachers’ peaceful protest. He said that teachers had gathered to present teachers proposals to Sindh Governor in peaceful manner.
Protester chanted slogans in favor of their demands. They criticized Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Senior Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq.
Former Central President PTA Intizar Chalgari said that it is the third time when Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq rejected teachers’ proposal. He said the government has not announced any package for Sindh teachers. He recalled that first time teachers had sent their proposal summary to the government in 2009.
Later, Sindh Minister for Katchi Abadies & Spatial Development Rafique Engineer reached KPC to express solidarity with teachers. He assured teachers that all of your genuine demands will be approved.
He said that he would talk with CM, Governor, Minister for Education and Home Minster regarding teachers proposals.