APSECC appeals PM, CJP for reinstatement of sacked employees

Statesman Report

PESHAWAR: All Pakistan Sacked Employees’ Coordination Council (APSECC) Thursday appealed Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan to revisit the apex court’s decision of sacking over 16,000 government employees and save their families from starvation.

Addressing a news conference here at the press club, the Council spokesman Atlas Khan said that about 16,000 educated and talented youth from across the country were appointed in various government departments and institutions in 1996 as per their qualifications, where they started work after taking necessary training, but after the 1997 elections, the new government had dismissed all these employees in revenge, he alleged.

He further informed that in 2010 then PPP led government restored them to their jobs through an Act of Parliament, but now the Supreme Court ruled in the case pending since 2012, and dismissed all these restored employees.

Flanked by other office bearers of the APSECC, Khan lamented that it is not a matter of merely sacking 16000 employees, rather a tragedy with the thousands of families who will suffered economically and socially, because these employees were earning a respectable living for their families, by serving the country and the nation during the last eleven years, he added. “Their children are studying in schools and colleges in the hope of a bright future, but now these employees are in a stage of their age where they are not even eligible for any other job, nor can they do their business, he maintained.

The Council spokesman said the families of these sacked employees appeal Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan to review the court decision of dismissal of employees and save their future from being destroyed.

In reply to a query, Khan said that these 16000 sacked employees will knock on the door of the apex court for seeking justice.

Meanwhile, scores of sacked employees and their families held a protest demonstration here in front of Peshawar Press Club. The protestors were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favor of their demands.