Karachi police torture, arrest protesting teachers

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Police fired tear gas and baton-charged teachers when they attempted to march towards Bilawal House on the eleventh day of their ongoing protest outside the Karachi Press Club on Thursday.

The primary school teachers had staged sit-in outside Karachi Press Club on December 25.

As the provincial government paid no heed to their demand, they started marching towards Bilawal House today. Police resorted to tear gas shelling and baton-charge to disperse them, however, one group of protesters managed to enter the red zone. Police succeeded in countering them near the US embassy.

Several teachers were detained during the action.

Later, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident and ordered police to release all the arrested teachers. He has also summoned the provincial cabinet’s emergency meeting on January 6 for approval of teachers’ regularization.

Former President of Pakistan and PPPP President Asif Ali Zardari also took of police torture on protesting teachers in Karachi and directed Sindh Home Minister for release of detained teachers.

Asif Ali Zardari also asked Chief Minister and Education Minister Sindh to sit with teachers’ representatives and sort out their genuine issues.

PPPP President further said that “we are democratic people and always prefer to resolve issues through dialogue.”