Government employees clash with police in Islamabad, tear gas used

Islamabad Police resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse government employees demanding pay raise.

As per details, ICT police used tear gas to stop government employees protesting for salary increment in the federal capital today.

The government employees had been demanding pay raise and had gathered after their leader Rehman Bajwa, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Labor Union’s General Secretary Amanullah and Chairman Izhar Abbasiand and others were arrested last night.

Government employees were marching towards Parliament House when they were stopped by police. However, the protesters managed to encircle Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz and succeeded in barricading the secretariat door.

All Pakistan Clerks Association and government employees of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh have also voiced their support for the protesters.

Expressing his views on the protests, Federal Minister for Railways – Sheikh Rashid Ahmed apprised that government has heeded to protesters’ demand regarding increment in employees from grade 6 to 16.

However, the federal minister noted that government doesn’t have the funds to raise salary of grade 22 employees.