LAHORE - The police thrashed the recently-sacked employees of the National Commission for Human Development, who were protesting against the government on Thursday for terminating them from their jobs. Despite cloudburst in the morning hours, a large number of protesters gathered outside the in-session Punjab Assembly, and intended to reach the Assembly premises, but were thrashed by the police which caused serious injuries to a numerous protestors, including one female. One injured Muhammad Azam from Jhang is stated to be in critical condition. The demonstrators, who being led by Director (Operations) Major (R) Malik Moneeb and Major (R) Shah Rukh, wanted to present a memorandum of their demands at the Punjab Assembly, but the police blocked them in front of the PIA building after erecting barricades. When the protestors tried to move ahead by crossing barriers, the police resorted to indiscriminate lathi charge, which resulted in injuries to many. However, this dispersed the protestors, who went back towards the Aiwan-e-Iqbal. After holding demonstration in front of the Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the protestors, later, moved towards the Lahore Press Club where they continue their protest. The protestors were holding placards inscribed with slogans for the reinstatement of the terminate employees. A few of them were also holding rotis as well. Protestors had warned the government that if 87,000 terminated employees from 82 districts out of 122 were not reinstated, they will set themselves ablaze in front of the Parliament. The Federal Government did not allocate substantial amount in the national budget for the NCHD, which works for adult education and health reforms. Inside the Punjab Assembly, Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Azma Zahid Bukhari, on a Point of Order, drew the attention of the House towards the police torture on the sacked employees of the NCHD. Speaker Rana Iqbal Khan constituted a committee comprising Minister Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, and Minister Finance Tanvir Ashraf Kiara and opposition member Ahmad Yar Hiraj to negotiate with the demonstrators. After some time, the committee informed the House that the protestors had dispersed due to the lathi charge of the police. The members of the committee informed that they would contact them to resolve the issue. Then Minister Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sana Ullah Khan assured the House that the government would look in to the highhandedness of the police. He said according to the available information, the NCHD men staged demonstration against the Federal Government, as it had not provided funds for the running of the Commission. However, the House offered full support to the NCHD protestors saying that the Punjab Assembly would strongly recommend their case to the Federal Government.