Workers besiege PTV headquarters
ISLAMABAD: The union workers at the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters Tuesday night besieged the building and locked the administration officials, including the newly appointed chairman, Dr Shahid Masud, inside their offices to protest against the administration's inability to honour the promises made to them.
Workers besieged the PTV headquarters for more than three hours and locked the external gates while the PTV officials locked themselves inside their offices to escape the wrath of angry protesters. The workers were demanding the approval of the charter of demands and fulfillment of the promises made to them by the PTV administration.
The angry crowd chanted slogans against the PTV administration and some of them held the chairman responsible for all the mess. But Akbar Malik, the head of the workers union, told The News that the union had nothing to do with the chairman and the whole dispute was between the union and the PTV administration, which has changed the main points of the charter of demands.
He said that the chairman was cooperating with them and only those with vested interest chanted slogans against him. He said that the PTV administration wanted amendments in the charter of demands after accepting it earlier. This enraged the workers. "We locked the doors because we did not want the troublemakers to take advantage of the situation and did not let any one go inside the building till our demands were accepted", said the union leader. Many also referred to the suspension of Deputy Managing Director Shahid Nadeem and three others by the chairman. The PTV chairman was taken ill and could not attend the reception hosted for the information minister Sherry Rehman at the PTV headquarters.