Manan Mandokhail :

Police in Quetta fired tear gas to disperse protesting government employees in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province on Thursday. Members of the Balochistan Employees Workers Grand Alliance (BEWGA) marched from various parts of the city to mount pressure on the government to accept employees’ demands.

Whenever the protesting employees reached Commissioner Chowk, police fired tear gas to disperse the protesting employees. “Two employees were injured as a result of the tear gas”, BEWGA President, Habib ur Rehman Mardanzai said.

District administration had taken strict security measures to prevent the BEWGA members from entering the Red Zone of Quetta. Baton-wielding policemen were deployed in and around the Red Zone to prevent any protest.

 “Our protest will continue till acceptance of our demands”, Mardanzai

“Our protest will continue till acceptance of our demands”, Mr. Mardanzai told reporters after police fired tear gas. The protesters were also chanting full-throated slogans against the provincial government for what they call its failure to address the issues of the employees.

Government employees from Quetta and other parts of the province had gathered to press the provincial government to provide them a 25 percent disparity allowance. The provincial government has repeatedly assured the employees that their grievances would be addressed and demands would be met. However, the protesting employees say that the government was not translating its words into action.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.