The government has promised a 20 percent interim increase in salaries of the employees.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Significant progress in negotiations between federal government committee and protesting government employees took place on Wednesday night as the government assured increase in salaries of Grade 1 to 22 employees in the next budget, Dunya News reported.

Talks between government committee and an eight-member delegation of government employees were held at the Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak s residence in Islamabad.

According to a government employees spokesperson, the government has promised a 20 percent interim increase in salaries of the employees. He said that the government committee has also assures release of all arrested employees.

He further said that the government has also assured that a notification in this regard would be issued till 2:00pm. He vowed that we will continue our protest till the issuance of the notification.

Earlier on Wednesday, police launched a crackdown and also fired tear gas at the government employees at government employees protesting for pay raise at the D-Chowk in Islamabad.

The security officers have arrested seven leaders of the protesters outside the secretariat and conducting raids to detain other members. The local administration has also blocked the roads in Federal Capital by placing containers.

The reaction came after government employees announced to hold sit-in at D-Chowk and clashed with the security personnel.

It is to be mentioned here that Capital Development Authority (CDA) Labor Union’s General Secretary Amanullah and Chairman Izhar Abbasi were taken into custody yesterday.

While responding to the protest, Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has said that the employees want forty percent raise in their basic salaries.

We are in contact with the protesters and trying to resolve the matter, he told.