The ad-hoc teachers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) seeking regularization have ended their sit-in outside the residence of former prime minister Imran Khan’s residence in Bani Gala area of Islamabad.
The teachers announced their decision after successful negotiations with PTI leaders who assured them that KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan would meet all their demands.
However, Young Teachers Association President Attaur Rehman warned if their demands are not met by Tuesday they would return.
Earlier, Monday, the teacher surrounded the PTI leaders who were going to meet Imran Khan.
The leaders of the PTI, which runs the government in KP province, claimed that they have acceded to all demands of the protesters however the teachers refused to leave the ground without any written assurance from the provincial government.
Several PTI leaders were barred from going to Imran Khan’s residence by the teachers at different times throughout the day, and they started chanted slogans against the PTI as soon as they found one between them.
The first such instance occurred in the afternoon when the angry educators stopped Shireen Mazari’s vehicle from advancing to Imran Khan’s residence, and she was forced to return.
The teachers also stopped Asad Umar’s vehicle after which the PTI leader got off and decided to walk towards Bani Gala. However, he was surrounded by the demonstrators who chanted ‘shame’ slogans.
Later in the evening, the protesting teachers also surrounded the car of the chief minister of Gilgit Baltistan (GB).
Teachers stage sit-in
The teachers, who were recruited four years ago on ad hoc basis, are demanded regularization and other benefits. They arrived in the federal capital to protest near Khan’s residence on Sunday, the day the PTI chairman was to address his party’s anti-inflation protest.
The protesting teachers first held a demonstration at the Bani Gala Chowk and said that they wanted to communicate their demands to Imran Khan. After failed negotiations with the PTI leadership, they decided to march toward Khan’s Bani Gala residence.
SAMAA TV reported that some baton-wielding members of the Insaf Student Federation (ISF), the student wing of the PTI, tried to stop the protesters from marching towards Khan’s house but failed.