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Introduction

The All Pakistan Clerks Association is a Country wide Organization of Government Employees / Clerks Community/ Official Staff / Lower staff (BPS-1 to BP-16/17 ) including Technical & Non-Technical Staff of Government & Semi Government, suppressed class of employees playing vital role in the Government Machinery in a very dignified manner with professional enthusiasm & commitment . The APCA is striving to improve the social, moral and financial status of the said category of Government employees from long. The All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) was founded by Ishaq Saqi (Shaheed) and Hidayat Yar Bokhari (Dawn 20 Apr. 2000) , Syed Mehmood-ul-Hassan Arzo with the reported objective of restoring respect for clerical staff (HRCP June 2000). APCA is recognized by the Government of Pakistan on 9 April 1974 under letter No 16-17/73/Fi (ibid.). By 1985, the Association had established an united platform across Pakistan, with Bokhari as its president and Saqi as its Secretary General (Dawn 20 Apr. 2000; HRCP June 2000). Today, APCA, reportedly the "sole representative of employees from Grade 1 to 16 /17 " (Dawn 18 July 2001) claims a membership of 2.2 million clerks (ibid.; ibid. 20 Apr. 2000) increasing day by day. On 12 April 2000, APCA Chairman, Muhammad Ishaq Saqi, died while in the Dera Ghazi Khan central jail (Dawn20 Apr. 2000; HRCP Feb. 2001; ibid. June 2000). Saqi, along with Javid Lund, Bilal Shah and Muhammad Safdar (Dawn 14 Apr. 2000), had been arrested a week earlier under the Maintenance of Public Order Law for holding a protest demonstration against the Elementary Education Director who was reportedly responsible for the "arbitrary" relocation of clerks to other districts (HRCP Feb. 2001; The Pakistan Newswire 21 Apr. 2000). Although a district and sessions judge granted bail to those arrested, Saqi alone was not released, but was instead re-arrested on charges dating back to July 1999 that involved the recovery of property; charges which had reportedly already been dealt with (Dawn 20 Apr. 2000). Saqi's body reportedly bore indications of injury and, according to a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, "his mysterious death was believed to have resulted from the failure of prison staff to provide him any medication for his diabetes and the harsh treatment meted out to him" (Feb. 2001). For more information on the circumstances surrounding the death of Ishaq Saqi, please refer to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan's (HRCP) June 2000 report on their fact-finding investigation into the incident. This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request. No reference to APCA affiliations with other organizations could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate & Printed/Electronic Media. I, M A Bhurgri also seen , the Association had again Established and United platform across Pakistan with Syed Mehmood-ul-Hassan Arzo, Chairman, Mr. Nazar Hussain Korai as its Central President & Mr. Murad Ali Chachar as Secretary General. APCA leaders with their members are continuing strong struggles for their legitimate rights since 2008 .