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Non-acceptance of Charter of Demands: APCA Balochistan threatens to restart protest movement.

QUETTA -- All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) Balochistan has threatened to restart the extensive protest movement against non-acceptance of the Charter of Demands (CoDs). Addressing a press conference here at the Press Club on Monday, the President of APCA Balochistan, Dad Muhammad Baloch and its other leaders said that we had postponed our protest movement on assurances of the provincial government regarding the acceptance of our demands, but adding he regretfully noted that no progress whatsoever had been made on them despite lapse of around four months. Seeing the cold response of the government, the APCA's general body was summoned on September 7, which decided to restart the protest campaign, the provincial President of APCA, Dad Muhammad maintained.

He mentioned that the provincial government has been given a deadline of October 7 to get the APCA's demands implemented accepting them; otherwise, we would be forced to lodge strong protest from October 9, 2012 in Quetta and other parts of the province.

Then the protest movement would remain continued till acceptance of the demands, he warned.

It may be mentioned here that APCA had launched protest movement on December 28, 2011 to press the provincial government for acceptance of their demands. During that, protest rallies were taken out and demonstration were held, besides closing down government offices. The protestors had also stage sit-ins before the provincial assembly and hockey chowk. Several APCA leaders and workers including its President, Dad Muhammad Baloch had been arrested during the protest.

Later, a parliamentary committee headed by the senior Provincial Minister, Maulana Abdul Wasey had been formed to consider and resolve the problems of the employees. Later, in his absence (as he had proceeded abroad later), Provincial Minister for Revenue, Engineer Zamarak Khan was made In-charge of the committee. Provincial Minister, Sardar Sanaullah Zehri had also played a vital role in resolving the issues of the APCA then.

In the meantime, the representatives of the APCA had also had deliberations with the provincial ministers and other concerned. They were assured to resolve their problems and meet their genuine demands. On assurance of the government, the APCA Balochistan had then deferred their protest movement.

However, the APCA leaders now lamented the government for non-implementation on their demands.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 25, 2012
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