PakTurk schools: Turkey sent replacement teachers, PHC told

How could the teachers could be deported in the middle of the academic year?

Our Correspondent December 01, 2016
How could the teachers could be deported in the middle of the academic year?. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The deputy attorney general told the Peshawar High Court on Thursday that the Turkish government has sent teachers to Pakistan to replace Turkish expatriates currently working under the PakTurk Foundation.

Besides, the majority of Turkish expatriates are on administrative positions and not teachers; therefore, their deportation would not affect students’ academic session, Deputy Attorney General Musarratullah said.

He stated that the deportation of the Turkish expatriates was prerogative of the federal government and the government was not bound to extend their visas.

When the hearing commenced on the petitions filed by the parents of students of PakTurk Schools, the counsel for the federal government prayed before the division bench headed by PHC Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel to vacate the stay order.

However, the chief justice did not accept the request and remarked that he would not vacate it until hearing all parties to the petitions as the counsel for the parents Advocate Qazi Muhammad Anwar was not present on the occasion.

Requesting dismissal of the petitions, the DAG stated that the Islamabad High Court has already dismissed a similar petition.

He argued that the deportation of the teachers was a policy matter and their non-deportation has been affecting Pakistan’s foreign policy.

The petitioners’ counsels argued that the teachers were being deported without showing them any reasons to which the DAG replied that the federal government was not bound to do this.

He said that visas of most of the teachers have expired in September and were ordered by the Ministry of Interior to leave within six days.

However, petitioners’ counsel Khalid Tanveer Rohila asked how could the teachers could be deported in the middle of the academic year. Trying to explain urgency of the matter, the chief justice interrupted Rohila and said that the urgency would be decided after hearing the parties concerned to the case.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2016.


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