Ad-hoc lecturers march for regularization

Peshawar: Scores of ad-hoc lecturers of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa on Tuesday took out a protest rally from Governor House and Chief Minister House to Peshawar Press Club against their non-regularization.

“Our protest would continue till our regularization. we would also observe hunger strikes and self-immolation if our demands are not accepted,” said the annoyed lecturers.

Carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans regarding their permanent regularization, dozens of male and female lecturers of different colleges of settled and tribal areas shouted slogans in favour of their demands.

Qazi Zafar Iqbal, president of Provincial Ad-hoc Lecturers Association (PALA), Iqbal Shakir, senior vice president, Jamil Ahmad, general secretary, Amjad Jahangir, president Fata Adhoc Lecturers Association (FALA) and Ihsan Dawar, general secretary were leading the demonstrators.

Talking reporters Qazi said that in 2010 and 2011 more than 34,000 candidates including male and female across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata had been appeared in the test for the lecturer posts in which 520 including 119 female from Fata and 54 from KP successful and appointed in various colleges.

The PALA president said thy time and again had requested the provincial government for their regularization but no avail. Similarly, he lamented that for the last four months their salaries had been stopped but despite it they were performing their duties with full spirit.

“We are highly qualified and gold medallists and appointed purely on merit basis” he claimed and said that servants of other government departments had been regularized but they were ignored in this regard for the last three years.

On the occasion, Amjad Jahangir said that more than 70 percent lecturers had been appointed on ad-hoc base in tribal and belt despite of worse law and order situation in Fata 138 male and 119 female lecturers were performing their duties.

They appealed to Governor and Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to regularize them otherwise lecturers will continue their protest.

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