Unpaid teachers clash with police during protest in Karachi


KARACHI: Teachers protesting non-payment of salaries clashed with police outside the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.
The protesters were trying to march toward the high-security Red Zone where the Chief Minister’s House is located to protest and present their demands.
Police resorted to baton charge and used water cannon to stop the protesters from heading toward the Red Zone, resulting in injuries to several people. Some protesters were also taken into custody during the clash.
The protesters threw stones and glass bottles at the riot police deployed to control the situation, following which police pushed the protesters back with the help of a water cannon.
The teachers claimed that they had been protesting for the past two days for their salaries, but were yet to be contacted by any government official.
On July 25, around 300 government school teachers renewed their demand for salaries outside KPC.
A similar protest was held earlier as well, which ended in front of Sindh Assembly on June 5, the same day the provincial budget was announced.
The protest ended after Secretary of School Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili assured the protesters that their problems will be resolved within a week.
Teachers across the provinces have been protesting non-payment of salaries for the last five years.