LAHORE - Blind persons Wednesday continued their protest outside the Punjab Assembly for the third consective day to press for the demands of regularisation of ad hoc employees and job opportunities.

Following ‘successful negotiations’ with the government team inside the Punjab Assembly, the differently abled called off the protest in the evening.

Earlier, the protesting blind reached the gate of Punjab Assembly with clubs and sticks in an attempt to enter the premises. The visually impaired persons also blocked Metro Bus route on Ferozepur Road.

Having no idea of the number of protesters, a spokesman for the Social Welfare Department claimed on Tuesday that most of the demonstrators were some ‘individuals’ who have jobs on the basis of daily wages and demanding regularisation without going through the ‘prescribed procedure’.

The official said his government had done its best.

“Steps are being taken to resolve the issue. The chief minister has already approved lifting of ban on fresh recruitments on reserved seats for such (special) people besides an increase in quota from two percent to three percent,” he said.

The spokesman said the share of Punjab – the most populace province of the country – in the overall unemployment rate was “the highest and as such adjusting the visually blind alone was not possible”.