Quetta: UOB employees, teachers protest against delayed salaries

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Employees at the University of Balochistan, Quetta, took to the streets on Monday to protest against delayed salaries and the financial problems confronting the university. The protestors said that if their salaries are not paid on time, they would shut down the university departments and protest until their demands are met.

According to the details, the professors and employees came out against salary delays for three months and the payment of house requisition allowances. The protestors also demanded the inclusion of teachers and students in the 2022 policy-making body of the university and the promotion and upgradation of university employees.

The protest rally began at the Art Block of the university, circled through the university and culminated at the main gate on Sariab Road where the protestors gathered and blocked the road for over two hours. The protestors chanted slogans and also gathered in front of the vice-chancellor secretariat.

Employees Association Chairman Ali Shah Bugti, ASA General Secretary Professor Fareed Khan Achakzai, Administrative Officers Association Chairman Nazeer Ahmad Lehri, Professor Arsalan Shah, Gul Jan Kakar, Syed Mahboob Shah and Naimatullah Kakar were among those who addressed the demonstration.

The speakers said that it is shameful that the university has delayed employees’ salaries for over three months, but the vice-chancellor draws a seven-figure salary every month.

They said that if the university administration had a sense of responsibility, they would have been in the protest, raising their voice against injustice.

They said that the chief minister had authorized 300 million for the university, but the funds were never utilized. They demanded the government hold the university administration accountable and investigate where the funds were spent. They warned that if the government does not take the necessary steps, they would shut the university down in protest.

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