28 Turkish teachers removed from Pak-Turk schools

Published: August 10, 2016
Over 11,000 students and 1,500 teachers will be directly affected if the 23 PakTurk schools are closed down. PHOTO: REUTERS

Over 11,000 students and 1,500 teachers will be directly affected if the 23 PakTurk schools are closed down. PHOTO: REUTERS

The management of Pak-Turk Schools on Tuesday removed 28 Turkish principals from across the country, Express News reported.

Besides removing Turkish principals of 28 schools and colleges across Pakistan, the management also dissolved the board of directors (BoD) which represented Turkish nationals.

Pak-Turk schools may not shut down after all

The status of the schools plunged into uncertainty after Turkey’s ambassador called on the Pakistan government to close down all institutions, claiming that they are backed by the Fethullah Gulen-inspired Hizmet movement.

Last week, during an official visit to Islamabad, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed the chain of ‘Gulen-run’ schools in Pakistan should be shut down.

Ankara claims that Gulen, who is living in self-imposed exile in the United States, was the alleged mastermind of the failed military coup in Turkey a few weeks back. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the cleric — a former Erdogan ally — and followers for the rebellion and demanded his extradition. Gulen has denied any involvement.

On August 6, the Islamabad High Court granted the deputy attorney general (DAG) three weeks to seek instructions from the ministry of interior and the ministry of foreign affairs after the Pak-Turk Education Foundation moved the IHC against the possible closure of its school network by the government.

Pak-Turk schools issue: Foundation moves court for fear of closure

Justice Aamer Farooq allowed the DAG’s request to grant more time for seeking instructions from the ministries. Meanwhile, when the petitioner counsel Hafiz Arfaat raised concerns that the government would close the Pak-Turk Education Foundation, the court directed him to approach the court if such a decision was taken.

During the hearing, the DAG said that government has not yet taken any decision on the issue and most of the information was based on rumours perpetuated by some segments of the media.

In the petition, another counsel for the petitioner, Hafiz SA Rehman, prayed the court to allow them to keep operating without interference.

In his arguments, Rehman said that the foundation was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and had a valid license to function.

He said that over 11,000 students and 1,500 teachers would be directly affected if the 23 PakTurk schools in Pakistan were closed down.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Muneer
    Aug 10, 2016 - 1:35PM

    Poor show.It is no democracy to remove principals or teachers or BOGs for keeping a certain opinion.This is worst dictatorship.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 10, 2016 - 3:05PM

    What happened to all talk about Pakistan being a nuclear power and its sovereignty. Turkey/Saudi/China says jump and Pakistan asks how highRecommend

  • Raw is War
    Aug 10, 2016 - 4:56PM

    what will be the future of these teachers? What kind of treatment will they get in Turkey?Recommend

  • Tom
    Aug 10, 2016 - 6:42PM

    @Tyggar: America, The west, Saudi Arabia………., now Turkey is reading the riot act and poor pakistan with nuke “BUMS” are jumping thru the hoop.!!!!!!!!. It makes one laugh and sad at the same time.!!!!!!Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 11, 2016 - 1:40AM

    Erdogan is suffering from Golenphobia. Mr Shahbaz is a great friend of Turkey that is why future of thousands of students and teachers is on stake. What about the future of sweepers hired to clean Lahore. Is Gulin also threat for Shareef’s of Jati Umra Recommend

  • Khalid
    Aug 11, 2016 - 3:08AM

    We stand by Turkey. We stand by Erdogan. We would do anything for our Islamic brotherly countries. And also china.Recommend

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