Around 30 teachers of public sector colleges who along with their hundreds of colleagues were marching on the Sindh Chief Minister’s House to stage a sitin there for acceptance of their demands were taken into police custody and shifted to the Artillery Maidan police station on Thursday.
Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) president Prof Ather Hussain Mirza, secretary-general Prof Sidik Unnar, Karachi chapter president Prof Muzaffar Hussain Rizvi and central executive committee member Prof Ayub Marri were among those shifted to the police station.
The marchers dispersed after their leadership was whisked away.
Government college teachers observing token hunger strike for the past eight days in seven major cities of the province, including Karachi, had taken out a rally, but as soon as they emerged from the DJ Govt Science College to march on the CM’s House, some of them were taken into police custody.
They were shifted to the Artillery Maidan police station.
SPLA president Prof Mirza told Dawn on telephone at 10.15pm that “CCPO Saud Mirza visited the Artillery Maidan police station and told them that they were free to go home. However, we have refused to leave the police station until we are told about the crime for which we have been brought here.
“Earlier, Sindh education department’s deputy secretary contacted the SPLA leadership to inform them that the secretary education wanted to have negotiations with them, but since we were at the police station we asked him to send the secretary to the police station if she was sincere in having parley with us about our demands,” he added.
The teachers of public sector colleges demand their promotion under the time-scale formula and for overcoming acute shortage of teachers.
Meanwhile, SPLA has announced that college teachers across the province will observe black day on Friday.
Source: Dawn News