PESHAWAR - Despite the torrential rains and extreme cold weather, the ad hoc lecturers continued their protest and formally decided on Tuesday to block the GT Road from today along with their families and children to press the authorities concerned for getting their services regularized.

Disappointed by the cold-shouldered response of the provincial government, the protesting ad hoc lecturers serving in different colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, protesting for the last 20 days, have set up a protest hunger-strike camp outside the Peshawar Press Club.

They continued their protest despite the torrential rains and extreme cold weather. Unfortunately no government official visited them to give assurance to resolve grievances.

Hailing from different parts of the province including the remote districts like DI Khan, Hazara Division and Malakand division, the protesting teachers managed to stay in destitute in the provincial capital for the last 20 days in order to get their demands met.

But their protest has so far failed to attract the attention of the political elites especially those in the government and the Education Department. During these 20 days only JUI-F MPA Mufti Kifayatullah, PPP MPA Noor Sahar in the KPK Assembly visited the protest camp to express solidarity with the protesting teachers.

The protesting teachers meanwhile had formed an association titled “Provincial Adhoc Lecturers Association” under the aegis of which the protest camp has been set up.

Talking to media persons, President of the association Qazi Zafar Iqbal said that total number of adhoc teachers across the province was 267, who could be regularized by the chief minister through an executive order within no time but the government was the least interested about their genuine problem. He said that former senior minister late Bashir Ahmad Bilour had had promised to regularise the services of all the adhoc lecturers. But, unfortunately his commitment was half accepted by the provincial government, as only 137 adhoc lecturers serving in the evening shift were regularised. Late Bashir Bilour, then, renewed his promise to regularize the remaining teachers as well through a bill to be tabled in the provincial assembly but to no avail.

He said that all the adhoc lecturers - males and females - were appointed strictly on merit in 2010. “We have been serving against vacant positions. Several other positions of lecturers in the colleges where we serve are also lying vacant.

So there should be no hindrance in regularisation of the services. But the government was not interested in getting the problems resolved,” he added.

He threatened to start violent protest from today. “All the male and female adhoc lecturers would block the main road and the provincial government would be responsible if any untoward incident happened in this connection, he made it clear.