KARACHI: People endured immensely on Monday, the eve of Ramazan, like 3 roadways were clogged by the management with delivery containers to stop protesting nurses from marching toward Chief Minister’s Home to media for the acceptance of their needs, authorities, and witnesses declared.
The prolonged heavy traffic jam, which caused agony and hardship to the commuters for a considerably very long time, encouraged the medical experts and the commissioner of Karachi to hold speaks with the protesting nurses and an understanding was arrived at that their issues would be addressed within 10 days. Eventually, the nurses ended their protest outside the Karachi Press Club.
Each man and also ladies nurses had been protesting outside the KPC for the final a few days. On Monday, they publicized that they would hold a demonstration outside CM House. However, the officers had previously placed containers on 3 roads — Maulana Deen Mohammed Wafai Road, Sarwar Shaheed Roads and Aiwan-i-Saddar Road.
A senior police officer said to Dawn that the containers were placed at around 1pm, which were taken away after 2 hours at 3pm, when the protesting nurses dispersed. The blockade of the 3 leading roadways in South district by placing containers caused agonising traffic jams whose impact was felt far away on major Abdullah Haroon Path, Sharea Faisal, New Preedy Street and other arteries, where the commuters remained struck for a long period.
South Zone DIG Sharjeel Kharal declared: “We feel sorry that the open public has endured inconvenience.” However, he extra, it was their best accountability to “secure” CM House and Governor House by preventing rallies from entering the red zone. As various man and also ladies nurses tried to shift towards CM Home and removed the barriers close to the KPC, the police persuaded them to disperse and to hold talks with fitness and civil management officials for the redress of their grievances.
The DIG South declared it was the responsibility of the relevant sections and civil administration to deal with such problems and the police helped plan their conference with the officials concerned. Mr Kharal recalled that when 5 days back the nurses had tried to hold a demonstration outside CM Home, the police had facilitated their meeting with the commissioner of Karachi and fitness officials where senior police and district officials were also present.
“A commitment was made to the protesting nurses that their demands would be fulfilled but they did not wait for several days and on Monday tried to shift towards CM Home,” he declared. The DIG stated the protesting nurses dispersed calmly, no case was registered against them and they arranged their conference with the authorities concerned, which resulted in successful speaks between them.
In the wake of protests by the nursing association , Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani, the health secretary and team members of the Sindh Nursing Association, Atta Hussain Rajpar, and others held negotiations in the evening in which a number of points were agreed upon, said an official familiar with the improvement. As per the backup of the contract obtained by Dawn, it was decided that a four-tier formula prepared in consultation with representatives of the nursing staff would be expedited for its authorization by the competent authority “within 10 days” and later it would be notified.