ISLAMABAD: As many as 11 persons, including four policemen, were injured as a result of clash between police and angry employees of PTCL who are on strike for non-acceptance of their demands.
The police claimed that the protesting employees opened fire on the police party injuring one policeman. The police, in retaliation resorted to baton-charge and arrested 30 protesting employees after Iftar.
Four policemen including an inspector were injured when the PTCL employees pelted stones on them after blocking roads, a police spokesman said. The PTCL employees staged protest and blocked the road in front of PTCL Headquarters in sector G-8. The policemen tried to disperse them but they pelted stones on them and also damaged police vehicles.
The police high-ups said that four policemen including Constables Muhammad Asad, Shahid Bukhari, Muhammad Shabir, Inspector Ghulam Muhammad Baqir and Muhammad Nazakat sustained injuries.
Some PTCL employees were also injured in the clash including one Muhammad Shabir who received bullet injury in the arm. The protesting PTCL workers have threatened to stage sit-inin front of Aiwan-e-Sadr and the PM House if their demands are not accepted. On Friday, they staged a peaceful sit-in in front of the Parliament House where union leaders Rana Muhammad Hasan, Malik Maqbool Hussain, Hammad-ul-Hassan Qureshi and others spoke to the gathering.
They said that the workers are on strike for the last three weeks but the PTCL management is not paying attention to their demands, which is unfortunate. They said despite 50% raise in the salaries of all government employees announced by the government in the recent budget the PTCL employees are being denied the same. They warned the authorities that hundreds of PTCL workers would go on hunger strike till the acceptance of their demands. The union leaders said that the PTCL employees, instead of going to their homes on Eid-ul-Fitr, would stage sit-in in front of Aiwan-e-Sadr and the Prime Minister House. On Thursday the PTCL workers observed a peaceful sit-in for almost an hour at Zero Point.