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Khar sweepers threaten strike.

KHAR -- Expressing dismay over the local health department for not filling scores of vacant posts of sweepers in the agency headquarters hospital, members of the local Christian community on Thursday warned that Christian sweepers will stop work across the region if the said posts were not filled till next week.

They made the announcement during a protest demonstration held on the premises of the agency headquarters hospital, Khar, which was attended by Christian community members from across the agency.

All Bajaur Christian Association president Parvez Masih led the protesters who said that several posts of sweepers at the hospital were lying vacant for the past one and a half years. Parvez Masih said that at least 24 posts of sweepers were lying vacant at the hospital since long, but the health department did not appoint Christian sweepers on these posts.

They said that these posts were the right of minority community, but the officials had earlier illegally appointed Muslims on these posts. They added that these posts again fell vacant when the Muslim sweepers were promoted to ward orderly posts on the directives of Peshawar High Court.

The protesters slammed the officials of health department for not appointing Christians on the vacant posts despite clear court orders. They said that Christian community was the poor segment of the agency and its members should be provided with jobs on priority. They demanded of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to take notice of the delay in filling of the vacant posts at the hospital.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 16, 2018
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