‘Home ministry’ orders? Nuns accuse Nisar’s wife of cancellation of visas

Published: June 24, 2015
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Claim personal grudge led to deportation order; IHC hears case today. PHOTO: IHC WEBSITE

Claim personal grudge led to deportation order; IHC hears case today. PHOTO: IHC WEBSITE

ISLAMABAD: Three Filipino missionary workers, including the principal of the Islamabad Convent School in Sector H-8, have accused Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan’s wife for cancellation of their visas owing to her ‘personal grudge and ego’ following her resignation from the school after relations with the principal strained.

The missionaries — Sister Miraflor Aclan Bahan, Sister Delia Coyoca Rubio and Sister Alizabeth Umali Seguenza — have petitioned the Islamabad High Court challenging the federal government’s decision directing them to leave the country within 15 days for ‘engaging in employment in violation of their visa category’.

The case has been fixed before Justice Aamer Farooq today. The petitioners have sought the court’s directions to declare the June 16 letter of the interior ministry illegal, a result of personal grudge and ego, and colourable exercise of power and requested the court to set aside the letter.

Roman Catholic Diocese and Diocesan Board of Education have filed the petition and made the interior secretary, personal staff officer to the minister, SSP Operations Islamabad, directors general of the ISI and IB, director immigration FIA and deputy director FIA Benazir Bhutto International Airport as respondents.

In the petition, the missionary workers through their counsel Rana Abid Nazir have stated that the visa section of Directorate General of Immigration and Passport Islamabad granted visas to all three missionaries without raising any query or objection on May 7, 2015.

However, a letter was received on June 17 at the school campuses located in sectors F-8 and H-8 directing the workers to leave the country within 15 days as their visas were being cancelled as they are involved in employment which constitutes a change in the category of visa, the counsel stated.

Nazir alleged that the letter was a result of personal victimisation by the respondents as the wife of the current interior minister was a teacher at the school under the supervision of sister Bahan and developed ‘strained relations’ with the principal.

He added the minister’s wife ultimately resigned without giving the three months advance notice and the letter was issued to the principal along with others based on ‘personal grudge and ego’.

“The letter was issued in one day only on the telephonic instructions of the interior minister,” he stated, adding that the same was evident by looking at serial 7 of the impugned letter saying ‘copy to pso to minister for interior with reference to his telephonic conversation.’

The Philippines Embassy has already clarified to the respondents through written letters that the sisters are purely performing missionary work but no one paid any heed to the matter and the respondents are adamant to send them back by using their official position without any justification of law, said the lawyer.

The convent remained in the headlines after allegations of sexual assault on a six-year-old boy were levelled at a peon who worked at the F-8 branch of the school, reveals the petition.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Bilal
    Jun 24, 2015 - 9:54AM

    The Nisars are waderas with infinite money and power. They rule with an iron fist. Rub them on the wrong side and you’re history.Recommend

  • Raja Nasir
    Jun 25, 2015 - 5:16PM

    @Bilal: Who told you Nisar has infinite money? Those who are from this potohar region know Ch. Nisar very well. I am my self a worker and voter of Sh. Rasheed and have nothing to do with Ch. Nisar and his politics but it will be very unfair not to correct ignorants like you who know nothing about him. If you really want to know about him, do pay a visit to the Chakri area and ask the people what kind of a person he is . And you will be ashamed to malign a man of dignity and principle Recommend

  • Bilal A
    Jun 25, 2015 - 8:16PM

    Any one who has the slightest notion about Nisar’s integrity and modus operandi will never believe all these accusations leveled against him.He is the only guy in the current political scenario whom we can trust for upholding merit and defying nepotism.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Jun 25, 2015 - 9:20PM

    Being a former student of Islamabad Convent School myself and knowing the inner situation at the school, the blame lies solely on the Sisters for this this. Chaudhary Nisar’s wife was one of the best teachers at Convent and like many senior teachers was forced out of Convent to make way for inexperienced Christian teachers. And then by protecting the janitor responsible for the child molestation case, only because he was a Christian, a line was crossed. Cancelling the Visas is not a solution the problem but these Sisters, by running their own agenda, have tarnished the reputation of a great institution that I take pride of having been a student of.Recommend

  • Sara
    Jun 26, 2015 - 5:35PM

    Ch Nisar’s wife was one of the sweetest teachers I ever had at Convent. But you never know how people can act when they know they have the power to control things. Recommend

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