KP Police baton-charge, detain teachers protesting against pay cuts

Ishaq Khan

PESHAWAR: Police have resorted baton-charged, tear-gassed to disperse the Peshawar professors, who were protesting against pay cuts, for marching towards the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, on Monday.

According to reports, Police have arrested dozens of protesters as they were trying to march towards KP assembly. KP Assembly falls into the red zone where gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.

Police has also reportedly arrested the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Federation for Universities Chairperson Salahuddin.

The protestors were all teachers of the University of Peshawar and they had gathered on Khyber Road in the morning and blocked it.

The protesting teachers demanded the government revokes the decision to deduct their allowance pointing out that their livelihoods were at stake.

Demonstrators said that they have already suffered a lot because of the coronavirus lockdown and now this.

They demanded that the government should take back its decision to increase university fees as well.

In these tough times when the government should be facilitating us, they are instead increasing our problems, another teacher said.