RAWALPINDI - A large number of clerks on Thursday took out a protest rally to press the government to increase their salaries and regularise the services of contractual clerical staff.

Before the protest rally, all the clerks stopped working in the offices, causing immense troubles for the citizens. The protesting clerks also threatened the government to launch a protest movement from March 20 across the province if their demands are not accepted.

According to details, more than 600 clerks, led by All Pakistan Clerk Association (APCA) leaders Mehboob Ali Bhatti, Chaudhry Zafar Ali, Malik Adalat Hussain, Raja Rashid Bangial and Iftikhar Ahmed, gathered at Works and Services Department in front of Defence Ministry building and started marching towards Mareer Chowk. The representatives also presented charter of demands.

Addressing the protestors, the speakers said that 138 clerks in Public Health Engineering Department and 186 in Works and Services Department in Rawalpindi district was working on contract basis for the last many years.

"The government claimed to regularise the services of all the lower grade staff in the province but the clerical staff in Rawalpindi, especially women, are suffering a lot.