Primary teachers teargassed, batoncharged in Karachi


KARACHI: Hundreds of primary teachers coming from whole Sindh province under the banner of Sindh Employees Education Alliance held a protest demonstration outside Karachi Press Club on Wednesday for acceptance of their 16 demands and later proceeded towards Sindh Chief Minister’s House for lodging their protest, but at Fawara Chowk, the personnel of law enforcement agencies fired teargas and water cannons to disperse them. They also baton-charged some of them. During law enforcers’ actions, 10 teachers were injured and 40 others were arrested. However, they were released later. Till filing this report, teachers were continuing their sit-in outside CM House, demanding removal of Sindh Education Secretary Fazal Pechuho and acceptance of the real demands forthwith.

The protesters were led by Sindh Employees Education Alliance’s Convenor Intizar Hussain Shalgri, General Secretary Liaquat and Primary Teachers Association District Khairpur leader Ali Gul Khuhro. Tension prevailed in the area following the clash between the law enforcement agencies’ personnel and the protesters. The commuters faced problem due to traffic jams at routes leading to the CM House and Press Club.

Sindh’s Senior Minister for Education and Information, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, has said that the government does not believe in violence on teachers, but the teachers are bound to obey the law. Table talks are final solution to problems.

He issued this statement in view of violation on teachers gathered outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) for pursuing their demands on Wednesday. Khuhro said the government will consider to solve their demands. He said that every person has right to hold protest in the democracy and in democratic way but crossing the limits of red zones is inappropriate conduct.

He said that the government believes in talks. “If teachers present their legitimate demands, then the government will think to accept their demands. He said that they do not support the violation and arrests of teachers so in this sense, the arrested teachers will be released.

Talking to PPI on telephone, PTA District Khairpur leader Ali Gul Khuhro said that the teachers were protesting for acceptance of their genuine demands like restoration of son quota, up-gradation of primary teachers to BPS-16 and payment of newly appointed teachers’ salaries. He said that price hike had risen to its peak level and teachers are passing life in acute financial constraints. He said that teachers scale should be raised to 16 Grade so that they could pass life with peace of mind.

He condemned police action on teachers and said that it was violation of human rights and grave insult of teachers community. He said that Sindh Chief Minister and Provincial Education Minister should take notice of the issue and resolve the problems through meaningful talks. We are ready to hold talks, he said.

It may be noted that Sindh Employees Education Alliance comprises Primary Teachers Association, Mehran Teachers Association, MATA.