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QUETTA: A strike was observed in Quetta on Tuesday in support of the All Government Teachers Association Balochistan’s (AGTA)
charter of demands that, the association says, is not being accepted by the government of Balochistan.

At least 140 members of the AGTA are already on a hunger strike outside the Quetta Press Club for the last 20 days to urge the
government to accept their charter of demands.

AGTA’s main demands include restructuring of time scale, increment in conveyance allowance and replacement of junior teachers
from Grade 18 and Grade 19.

The protesters complained that the Education Department was the main hurdle in the way of fulfillment of their demands, as the
department’s senior officials “have been deceiving teachers”.

The strike call was given by the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), trade unions, Balochistan National Party (BNP), National
Party (NP), Jamhoori Wattan Party (JWP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz, Hazara Democratic Party
(HDP) and other nationalist parties to support the teachers’ hunger strike.

All shops, trading centres, restaurants and commercial establishments on Jinnah Road, Prince Road, Masjid Road, Liaquat Bazaar,
Joint Road, Sariab Road, Mecongy Road, Kansi Road, Alamdar Road, Abdul Sattar Road and Zarghoon Road remained closed.

Strike observed in Quetta for teachers’
Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) fully support the demands of AGTA and ask the Government of Balochistan to accept
their demands without any further delay. Teachers are the brain of a Nation and any injustices to them is an injustice to all of us.