LAHORE  - Dozens of ex-servicemen-cum-policemen ended their two hour long protest after Lahore Capital City police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Amin Wains reached Faisal Chowk on The Mall and managed to ‘convince’ the former cops call off their protest.

The policemen staged a protest demonstration at Faisal Chowk on Monday as the government has not renewed their contracts, which expired last month but they are still performing their duties without being paid.

The protesting cops are said to be ex-army men, who had been recruited as constables on contract basis in the Punjab police department in 2012. On Monday afternoon, they went on strike and refused to join their duties, demanding the release of their pending salaries ahead of Eid. Talking to reporters on this occasion, a constable said they would call off the strike only if the notification was issued and salaries were paid.

Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains reached the spot and ordered the cops to immediately end the protest and go back to the police headquarters. On this occasion, the Lahore police chief told the ex-servicemen that a letter had already been sent to the central police office (CPO) to settle the issue of their contract-based employment.

Requesting anonymity, a police source at the Central Police Office (CPO) said the hiring and firing of these policemen was done on the orders of Punjab government.

“It is up to the provincial government to decide about the fate of these cops,” he added.

The police department simply has to follow the policies of the government, he stated.

However, the provincial government is yet to speak on the issue that whether these ex-army men should be granted an extension or not.