Karachi – Hundreds of sacked employees of PSM on Saturday blocked main National Highway for hours in protest of their abrupt retrenchment through letters sent to their homes.
The employees blocked the highway at the Steel Town roundabout. They were also joined by local workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
The protesters termed the retrenchment their “economic murder” and demanded immediate withdrawal of the orders. They warned of an extreme action if the orders were not withdrawn till Monday.
A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived at the scene and asked the protesters to vacate the highway. But the protesters refused to do so. Traffic remained suspended on the highway linking the city with the airport for hours. Later, they ended their sit-in in the evening.
The protesters said that an employee, identified as Habibullah, suffered a heart attack and died after receiving the termination letter.