Islamabad ( REPORTBEAT ) Clashes between federal government employees and police in protest of salary hikes in the capital turned the area into a battlefield.
Hundreds of government employees rallied in support of the demands and tried to stage a sit-in outside Parliament House. Protesters chanted anti-government slogans.
The federal government employees are demanding a raise in their salaries and had gathered today following the overnight arrest of their leader, Rehman Bajwa, and nine others.
The protestors had gathered today and announced their intention to march towards the the Parliament House from Pakistan Secretariat for their demands and the release of their leaders.
Police resorted to firing tear gas shells at the protesters after they made a move towards the Parliament. The protesters at one point had also encircled Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz.
The government employees also closed the doors to the secretariat, bringing the government machinery to a halt.
At least two dozen protesting employees were taken into custody under Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO).
The government employees were protesting against the income disparities between various federal government employees. They have been demanding a 40% increase in their salaries.
The protesters have received support from government employees over grade 17, who have also demanded an increase in their salaries.
The All Pakistan Clerks Association and government employees of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh are also supporting the protest.