Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah acknowledged the nurses’ protests and thereafter ordered the DIG South Sharjeel Kharal the release of arrested protesters on Thursday.
An uproar erupted outside the CM’s house today when police had no choice but to use the water cannons on protesters who were demanding wage increment for the nursing staff and restoration of service structure. In this hubbub, around 25 people were arrested.
The Sindh Nurses’ Alliance (SNA) were protesting outside the Karachi press club for the past 15 days and today on thursday, they were accompanied by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Tahira Dua Bhutto and other opposition leaders.
Later, the crowd moved their protest by marching towards the CM House and were stopped by the police who had placed barriers on PIDC.
Alongside water cannon, the police also launched baton charge to diffuse the crowd and the MPA’s who were participating were also attacked by the water cannons.
The nurses claimed that government was not interested in negotiating with them and further warned that protest will not be stopped until their demands were heard and accepted.
These demands included an increment in allowance, following the 4-tier model and handing the drawing and disbursing officer powers to the principal.
Furthermore, they declared a boycott of the emergency wards in all government hospital in Sindh until their demands were met
After negotiations with SNA and health secretary the CM claimed that there was no reason to protest” and that “it was regrettable that a political party wanted to politicise the issues”.
Adviser to the Sindh CM on Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab arrived at PIDC and held talks with the protesters. CM Shah also guided the Provincial Health Secretary Saeed Awan to resolve the nurses’ problems.