The employees of Karakoram Security Force (KSF), an organisation guarding the Chinese engineers along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), have demanded regularisation of their services as per policy rules.
“We have been performing our duties for the last four years. The government should also listen to our demands,” an employee of the KSF told media in Gilgit on Wednesday. He added that the job insecurity had discouraged more than 400 competent employees.
Established in 2008, the KSF provides security to the Chinese engineers working on KKH in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).
Deployed from Riakot in Diamer to Hunza valley along the highway, the KSF employees stopped performing duties last year, leading to suspension of work.
The employees have appealed to the government to fulfil their demands before June ends.
The G-B Chief Minister Mehdi Shah told media that the services of the KSF will be regularised as per policy rule.
Following incidents of sectarian violence on KKH, in which over 20 people were killed, locals had demanded the government to set up a taskforce to ensure security on the highway.
The G-B government announced to establish a task force comprising serving army officials, G-B Scouts, Frontier Constabulary, and elite units of the police force, and to set up security checkposts every 8 to 10 kilometres along the highway.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2012.