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Opposition warns of sit-in against lay-offs

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Published: March 28, 2014 02:13 pm

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah took the government to task on Thursday over its plans to lay-off all contractual employees hired by the previous government and warned of staging a sit-in outside the Parliament House to protest the move.

In his speech on the floor of the House, the opposition leader, who was leading the opposition’s onslaught, made it clear to the treasury that
any step to sack contractual employees from the federal departments would be strongly opposed, adding since the government has no plans to raise pensions and salaries in the upcoming budget so it should exercise restraint.

“The decision of sacking contractual employees would further add to the miseries of around 200,000 poor families and I would stage a sit-in until my death if the government takes any such decision,” he added.

Khurshid Shah demanded Speaker Ayaz Sadiq understand the sensitivity of this issue, saying the affected people would blame the incumbent
government for anti-poor policies. He said unemployment can put adverse effects on people’s health as well as their hearts, adding the government would be responsible for the whole situation if it goes out of control.

Giving his remarks in a light mood, the Speaker said the opposition leader would be responsible if he faces any problem. The sole member of Awami Muslim League Pakistan (AMLP) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed though appreciated the opposition leader’s speech of but bemoaned that the sensitivity of such is only felt by the parties when they are not in the government.

All the opposition members except the members of JI and QWP staged a token walkout over unsatisfactory reply of the government regarding the foreign aid of Rs 1.5 billion. Sponsored by a minority lawmaker of PML-N Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, the House took up a calling attention notice (CAN) about the gray traffic resulting in loss of billions of rupees to the economy per year.

The House also took up another CAN sponsored by five MQM legislators about the non-payment of salaries and allowances to the staff of the Passport Department posted in foreign missions of Pakistan for the last several months.

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