Mon. Jun 21st, 2021

LHVs and nurses block roads in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, demand regularization of jobs

A protester speaking on behalf of the LHVs in Hunza Valley. Photo: Ikram Najmi

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“Why are those going from door to door, saving against fatal diseases, looking after pregnant women deprived continuously of their salaries”? reads the placard held by a demonstrator in Aliabad (Hunza). Photo: Ikram Najmi

PT Report

Gilgit/Aliabad/Gahkuch: Protest demonstrations and rallies were held by Lady Health Visitors, Nurses and other health workers in different parts of Hunza-Nagar, Ghizer and Gilgit, as the anti-polio vaccination drive kicked off today in Gilgit-Baltistan. Large number of women staged sit-ins and blocked major roads to demand the authorities to regularize their services. They also protested against non-payment of salaries for seven months.

A protester speaking on behalf of the LHVs in Hunza Valley. Photo: Ikram Najmi
A protester speaking on behalf of the LHVs in Hunza Valley. Photo: Ikram Najmi

The protesters were holding placards and banners and chanting slogans in favor of their demands.

They were addressed by notables, political leaders and civil society representatives, who pledged their support for the women’s cause and urged the government to resolve the issue.

Gilgit

In Gilgit the women holding placards staged a sit-in for several hours. Photo: Mon Digital
In Gilgit the women holding placards staged a sit-in for several hours. Photo: Mon Digital

Protesters staged a massive protest demonstration in front of the Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister’s office. They threatened to continue the protest till their demands were met and their issues were resolves.

A worker carrying her child during the protest demonstration. Photo: Mon Digital
A worker carrying her child during the protest demonstration held in Gilgit. Photo: Mon Digital

Gahkuch

Women sitting at the Gilgit-Chitral road in Gahkuch during the protest demonstration. Photo: Durdana Sher
Women sitting at the Gilgit-Chitral road in Gahkuch during the protest demonstration. Photo: Durdana Sher

Protesters blocked the road connecting Gilgit with Chitral for several hours and chanted slogans against the government officials for neither paying them salaries, nor making their jobs permanent.

Hunza

Protesters blocked the Karakoram Highway in Aliabad town of Hunza. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with demands and slogans in favor of their demands. They were addressed among others by MLA Mirza Hussain, Progressive Youth Front’s Baba Jan and several other political and social figures.

The protest demonstrations in all areas concluded peacefully after assurances from political and administration officials  about resolution of the issues.

The protesters have threatened that they will resume the rallies and demonstrations if their demands were not fulfilled.

The blockade of roads created for travelers and patients as the protesters refused to allow vehicles to pass through. Citizens complained against the road blockades and urged the protesters to allow vehicles to travel.

Protesters staging a sit-in at the Karakuram Highway in Aliabad town of Hunza-Nagar district. Photo: Ikram Najmi
Protesters staging a sit-in at the Karakuram Highway in Aliabad town of Hunza-Nagar district. Photo: Ikram Najmi
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