RAWALPINDI: Representative bodies of private schools held a protest on Muree Road against what they said was the harassment by cantonment boards of Rawalpindi and Chaklala.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered eviction of private schools from the residential areas of the cantonments.
The protesters said if there is any trace of quality education present in the country, it is present in the form of private education department.
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They demanded of the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar to review the decision.
Joint Action Committee of Private Schools and Colleges Association Convener Nasir Mehmood and other members Ibrar Ahmed Khan, Chaudhry Tayyab, Naseem Mulk, Chaudhry Amjad Zaib, Irfan Muzaffar Kiyani, Ashraf Hiraj Raja Naseer Ahmed Janjua, Muhammad Shehbaz Qamar, and Nadeem Shiraz, besides All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association Central President Malik Ibrar Hussain were at the protest.
Teachers, school owners, female teachers and students protested while carrying placards with various slogans related to education. The protestors in the form of a rally reached Muree Road and the traffic system was jammed for some time. The speakers said that the Supreme Court had ordered the private education institutes to be shifted from cantonment areas but the cantonment had applied its own interpretation of the order and started harassing the school owners.
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The protesters announced solidarity with the school owners of K-P.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2018.
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