Lady health workers strike: 700 booked as PML-Q MNA goes missing

Published: March 25, 2011
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Marvi Memon was arrested by Ghotki Police for staging a sit-in on the National Highway on Wednesday. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Marvi Memon was arrested by Ghotki Police for staging a sit-in on the National Highway on Wednesday. PHOTO: FILE


The Ghotki police booked 700 people and arrested 100 others under the Anti-Terrorism Act after the sit-in by Lady Health Workers (LHW) at National Highway on Wednesday. They were accused of blocking the road near Kamoon Shaheed at the Sindh-Punjab border, Ubauro, on Wednesday.

LHW Chairperson Bushra Arain, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) MNA Marvi Memon, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh Ladies Wing President Sorath Thebo, Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party’s Jam Fatah Samejo and other women, all demanding the regularisation of their services, were among those charged.

Led by Bushra Arain, hundreds of women began a sit-in in the early hours of Wednesday and suspended traffic between Sindh and Punjab for over 21 hours. The protest was joined by Marvi Memon and Sorath Thebo.

At night, the police baton charged the gathering and pelted them with teargas shells, leaving many people, including Arain, injured.

Ghotki Investigation SP Yar Mohammad Rind refused to disclose names, but confirmed that at least 30 people were arrested after the attack.

Later, Arain refused to answer her mobile phone. An unidentified woman who took the call told The Express Tribune what had happened, explaining that she was afraid of speaking to anyone. In a revelation unsupported by other sources, she told that, during the baton charge, people dressed in regular clothes took Arain and Memon away with them and they have not been located since. However, it is believed that the women have simply gone into hiding.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2011.

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  • Haris Lodhi
    Mar 24, 2011 - 7:33PM

    Release her immediately , she is our future leader and always with the needy peoples for justice. Keep going Marvi , We are with You .

    Thanks & Regards,
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    Mar 24, 2011 - 8:16PM

    She may release immidatly as she is loyal with the peoples problem specially depressed class
    She is our future leader .i will help her in any court of law for this purpose as she is brave lady of my sindh homelandRecommend

  • Silent Spectator
    Mar 24, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Isn’t getting arrested a great thing for your political career in Pakistan? If you look at all the “leaders”, they always proudly boast about the time they spent in jail as if it was some Ivy League school. While getting arrested or going to jail is usually frowned upon in the rest of the world, in Pakistan it is actually condoned and appreciated. It’s like a technical certification that every political “leader” yearns to post on his/her political resume. So if I were Marvi, I would thank God for giving me this great opportunity. Why fuss when you were just granted something so desirable? Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 24, 2011 - 8:43PM

    I know some widow Lady Health workers who are feeding their kids with their salaries but they have not been paid regularly, they are living in miserable conditions. Government has enough funds for protocols but no money for these poor women who get three thousand salaries. Shame on our government.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 24, 2011 - 9:13PM

    Salute to this brave lady , who is articulate and is more closer to the masses of her constituency .

    Rather than becoming ” her master’s voice ” Ms.Memon alwyas kept her individuality in the Parliament and in all the talkshows and debates .

    Good going Ms.Memon ,

    Be safe . Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 24, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Release Marvi Memon now!

    It is our democratic right to protest and demonstration is a way to show our disgust with whatever injustice being done —— it is a great deed to have solidarity with those who are being victimized by anyone under any pretense. Helping the aggrieved is a noble act and being booked for this under the “Anti-Terrorism Act” is in itself an act of nacked terror. I vehemently condemn this state terrorism —– down with this act of terrorism and down with subjugating people !!!!!! Recommend

  • P.A. Bhutto
    Mar 24, 2011 - 9:59PM

    You should read her tweets and refer to Dunya News’ reporting to find out the truth behind the fabricated “patient died in ambulance because of blockade” dramaRecommend

  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Mar 24, 2011 - 10:07PM

    How does the Anti-Terrorism Act apply in this case, I wonder! Hats off to Ms. Memon for her act of courage, but I think she should express her regret at the death of the two patients caused by the sit-inRecommend

  • Siraj Haider
    Mar 24, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Bravo Marvi. In a land with selfish politicians, you show how to do it right.

    However, I am not sure if the protest is for right reasons. Lady Health Workers are not paid on time. That is a problem and worth protesting about

    What is wrong is that they are not paid less. They get 3000 Rs monthly for 23 hours of work in every week. They then get extra 1500 Rs for working polio campaign for 8 more hours in a week. That is 4500 Rs monthly stipend for 31 hours a week of working. More money is to be made if they use their training to provide medical treatment and sell medicines. Many lady health workers even do this. This is more than many other people do and is not even consistent with the national minimum wage which is 7000 Rs for a 40 hour work week.

    The problem is that if this pay increase that was ordered by our illustrious CJP is conducted, and with no money in the treasury to pay it, either many lady health workers are needing to be terminated or their clients do not get medicines and vaccines. Their clients are the poorest people in Pakistan. Difficult choiceRecommend

  • velkor
    Mar 24, 2011 - 10:39PM

    How is a “sit-in” an act of terrorism? I mean, isn’t terrorism – by definition – the act of perpetrating TERROR against a group of people? Sitting on the highway is not exactly terrifying. In fact, it seems downright peaceful to me.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:35AM

    What was she doing when she was in power during the musharraf regime?Recommend

  • Ahmed Shaikh
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:40AM

    What about the 2 patients who died due to this protest? Is there anyone who takes care of them or not? A life is more precious than Marvi Memon, dont be so much political, be human?Recommend

  • Hatim Hussain
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:53AM

    Chaudhry Shujaat’s demand for immediate release of Marvi from captivity depicts a true picture of lack of concern towards human lives in the eyes of our putative veteran politicians. Instead of condemning Marvi’s act which caused the death of two patients he is so headstrong to demand her release. Mr.Shujaat you lost the opportunity of being sensible by not speaking few words of sympathies for the dead ones.Recommend

  • Modasar
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:20AM

    All Pakistani leaders..current or formers all of them spent time in jails,Zardari,Bhutto,Nawaz,Imran khan are the main leaders of the country. So we shouldn’t be suprise. What a pussy country anyone can play with laws and anyone can play with innocent lives of Pakistani people. I would blame stupid and gayest public of pakistan for electing these leaders and public has all the right to suffer from them. Keep feeding milk to snakes.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:32AM

    She seems to be a brave woman. I only hope it is not a drama to attract attention.

    We Pakistani’s cannot help but feel cynical. We have been let down too many times by too many politicians. Recommend

  • Alick
    Mar 25, 2011 - 1:45AM


    Release her immediately.

    Release her Immediately

    Release her ImmediatelyRecommend

  • Karim Alam
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:29AM

    She is the true leader who reaches every corner of the country to highlight the issues of the deprived and people in trouble.

    Government must immediately release her and media is requested to highlight the matter.Recommend

  • AMCH
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Really !!!! At least now she wont be speaking n speaking n speaking ILLOGICAL political theories on talk shows. Don’t release her, please !!!!Recommend

  • John
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:06AM

    Whenever a Govt worker is not paid on time by the Govt, that means there is no money in the department finances allocated by the Govt. Usually health, and education are the least prioritized social services by the Govt in this situation, because they do not generate any revenue. The delay in payment always start from the bottom.

    Law and order also consumes money but without which there is no revenue collection, so primarily the social services are targeted. In a sound economy, all Govt borrows money from bank to pay it’s servants through it’s line of credit. So if a Govt worker payment is delayed, that means the Govt line of credit is drying up.Recommend

  • Jamil
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:37AM


  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:39PM

    When do we hear Marvi picks up the gun to fire at GI Jane in Kunduz. Flown to Big Apple and
    face ”The Judge”? Would she get half of 87 years or twice the amount?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 25, 2011 - 12:40PM

    Marvi Memon is the only parliamentarian who has enough guts to sit it out with the deserving protesters and I believe Sind Govt. has made a BIG MISTAKE by arresting her.They should release her immediately !!!Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @Meekal Ahmed: She is a pretty active individual and often she comes forward and get involved in issues where some injustice appears to be done —– I have no reasons to question her sincerety and even if it’s a “drama” then I wish that there many such people among our politicians who would come forward and show some concerns and get directly involved when needed by people in distress. Recommend

  • Siraj Haider
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:45PM


    Late payments to lady health workers are the norm. They happened since the beginning and even in the “good times” when the govt was in the black.Recommend

  • Kasab
    Mar 27, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi should also be arrested.Recommend

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