APCA Sit-in (Dharna) Ends in Lahore at Deputy PM House
Lahore (Saturday, Jnuary 26, 2013) – On assurance of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) senior central leader and Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi and MPA Moonis Elahi to get their genuine demands accepted, All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) members ended their sit-in outside their residence after three hours and dispersed peacefully after raising slogans in favour of two leaders.
Led by Chairman APCA Pakistan, Haji Fazal Dad Gujjar, President APCA Punjab, Haji Muhammad Irshad, President APCA Lahore Division, Mohammad Younis Bhatti, Additional General Secretary Pakistan, Lala Muhammad Aslam and President Excise, Muhammad Mushtaq, members of APCA held their sit-in outside the residence of Ch Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi on Zahoor Elahi Road at 10 am.
Ch Parvez Elahi and Moonis started negotiations with the delegation of the APCA leaders. Elahi assured the delegation that after talking with President Asif Ali Zardari and the Prime Minister, he would arrange a meeting of the APCA leaders from the four provinces with Federal Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and get their demands accepted.
Addressing the sit-in participants, Elahi said that we do every work with good intentions, we fully realize the problems and grievances of the government employees, as the Chief Minister in 2007 he had got the scales upgraded of all clerks in the Punjab and increased their salaries by 100-per cent. He said present Punjab Govt. should also accept the demands of provincial employees on priority basis.
APCA demands are that the employees should be paid House Rent Allowance on the basis of 2013 pay scales instead of 2000, pay scales of the employees in grades 1 to 16 who were left out in 2007 should be upgraded and recommendations of former Governor State Bank Dr Ishrat Hussain should be fully implemented.
President APCA Punjab, Haji Muhammad Irshad in his address said that they are grateful to Ch Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi for their assurance to get their demands accepted.
He announced to end the sit-in after which the participants dispersed peacefully raised slogans in favour of Ch Shujat Hussain, Ch Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi and in support of their demands.