Several employees of the Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC) on Thursday held a protest demonstration against a traffic warden they accused of misbehaving with FWMC Operations Manager Dawood Makki.
The demonstrators gathered at the Canal Road and blocked traffic for hours. They burned tyres and erected barricades. Operations Manager Dawood Makki, Transport Manager Zafar Dogar, Administration Manager Ishtiaq Ahmed and Communications Officer Farhan Ali Qazi led the protest.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against the traffic police and demanded action against the warden.
Makki said that he had been supervising waste disposal when Riaz Gujjar, a traffic warden, stopped him near Chak 4-RB.
He said the warden misbehaved with him despite being told that he was supervising the activities in his capacity as the FWMC operations manager. Makki said that the warden had then issued him a ticket.
A number of FWMC workers rushed to the spot in the wake of the incident and parked several waste disposal vehicles on the Canal Road, blocking it for traffic.
They also suspended waste collection and disposal in the city.
The demonstrators vowed to continue their protest till their demands were accepted. People’s Colony Traffic Police Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Khawar Warraich visited the scene and tried to placate the protestors.
His efforts proved futile as the demonstrators refused to listen to him till action was taken against the guilty traffic warden.
The DSP suspended Gujjar from service and assured the protestors that further action would be taken against the official in accordance with law. The protest was then called off.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.