Ruthless torture on protesting teachers exposes Sindh govt’s reputation
KARACHI: Sindh police on Monday baton-charged and took into custody teachers who were protesting against the provincial government for regularisation of their jobs.
A large number of teachers, who passed tests of National Testing Service (NTS) and University of Sindh (SU) and belong to entire Sindh, reached Karachi Press Club (KPC) to register their protest for the regularization.
Primary Teacher Association Sindh (PTA) President Shafi Mohammad, Liaquat Mirani, Ali Nawaz Pahnwar and others were present in protest.
As the teachers moved towards Chief Minister House but the police used baton charge, water cannons and shelling on teachers. The clashes erupted between police and teachers in which several teachers, including Mumtaz Mirani and Rizwan Shar, were injured.
They were shifted to a hospital through Edhi Ambulances. Police also took into custody at least 15 teachers including Shafi Mohammad, Ali Nawaz Pahnwar, Nasrullah Mazari, Lala Amar, Asghar Arain and Shah Gul Mazari. After police action, the teachers returned back to KPC and staged a sit-in.
Speaking on the occasion, Liaqat Ali Mirani said that teachers are future of Pakistan because they teach in schools. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have hurt the sentiments of teachers, he said.
He alleged that state had made dual standard in the country as when religious parties staged sit-in in the capital city of country, they were treated as favourite while teachers were protesting for their rights for a decade were arrested and baton charged ruthlessly. Chanting slogans against Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar protesters demanded his immediate removal from the ministry so as to save education and teachers of Sindh.
They also chanted slogans against dual-standard of Sindh police. Protesters demanded Sindh government to regular them immediately. They appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan, Supreme Court of Pakistan and Sindh High Court to give special attention to their demands and issue orders for their regularisations. They said if their demands would not be met, they would not disperse protest.
Talking to media persons, the teachers told that their leaders had been arrested by Sindh police and many of them had been injured. They demanded from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh AD Khowaja to release their leaders as soon as possible. They said PPP government had eliminated merit which needed to be restored.