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Islamabad : Police fire tear gas at protesting government employees

Police on Wednesday fired tear gas at government employees protesting for pay raise at Islamabad’s D-Chowk.

The protest led to the closure of all offices at the federal secretariat while the protesters also denied passage to Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz who was heading to his office. The protesters threw stones at the police while the police resorted to firing teargas shells to disperse them besides taking scores of them into custody.

The reaction came after government employees announced to hold sit-in at D-Chowk and clashed with the security personnel.

The security officers have arrested seven leaders of the protesters outside the secretariat and conducting raids to detain other members. The local administration has also blocked the roads in Federal Capital by placing containers.

It is to be mentioned here that Capital Development Authority (CDA) Labor Union’s General Secretary Amanullah and Chairman Izhar Abbasi were taken into custody yesterday.  

While responding to the protest, Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has said that the employees want forty percent raise in their basic salaries. We are in contact with the protesters and t

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