Ex-employees seek payment of group insurance

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LAKKI MARWAT: The all retired employees’ coordination council chairman Sifatullah Khan Marwat has asked the government to ensure payment of remaining instalments of group insurance to former employees without delay.

Talking to journalists here on Sunday, he said the courts had delivered judgments in favour of former employees but the government seemed reluctant to implement them in letter and spirit.

He said the sky rocketing price hike had made it difficult for pensioners to make both ends meet.

“On one hand the government has increased prices of daily use commodities and on the other it has not announced any increase in salaries and pensions,” he regretted, saying the rising inflation was the result of poor economic policies of the government.

Sifatullah Marwat said the public service delivery system would suffer and a culture of corruption will be promoted in public sector organisations if government did not increase salaries and pensions.

He demanded of the government to announce 100 per cent increase in pensions and medical allowance of retired employees.

RALLY: A group of burqa-clad women took out a rally in Naurang town on Sunday in favour of wearing veil.

Around a dozen women hailing from Nar Raza Khan locality participated in the rally which started from Naurang Bazaar.

The participants also carried placards inscribed with slogans highlighting the importance of wearing veil and using hijab by women. The rally culminated on the GT Road.

A contingent of police also accompanied the rally to avert any untoward incident.

On the occasion, the participants told mediapersons that they had taken out the rally in favour of veil as it helped women protect their honour and modesty.

“Islam has always emphasised upon women to observe veil so as to maintain their modesty,” a protester said. She said Islam had guaranteed the rights of women, therefore the civil society organisations should not be worried about it.

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