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Gilgit-Baltistan Teachers Association decides to start protest movement from April 11

Gilgit: Leaders of the Teachers Association addressing a gathering held today

Our Correspondent

Gilgit, April 5: The Teachers Association of Gilgit-Baltistan Saturday announced that it has decided to go on strike from the 11th of this month in protest against non-fulfilment of promises of promotion and other demands. Officer bearers of the Association told the media today that for three months their demands have not been met by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary despite of reassurances.

As part of the protest movement, the teachers plan to hold rallies and sit-ins in all districts. They also threatened to block inter-district roads and the Karakuram Highway.

The announcement of this protest drive came one day after the government imposed Section 144 of the law which forbids processions, rallies, congregations and other political activities.

The Association had presented a 17 point charter of demands to the government for fulfilment on which no action has been taken so far. The demands are related to promotions, payment of 25% special allowance and other job related issues.

The government is faced with two major strikes now, one being the 15th April strike called by the Awami Action Committee, which has its own charter of demands, comprising of wheat subsidy restoration, justice, bringing an end to load-shedding, justice for the affectees of Diamer Dam and many others.

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