By Iram Salim
(Pak Destiny) Finally Nawaz-government bows to the pressure of Erdogan-government and handed over marching order to over 100 Turkish teachers and their family members.
Around 400 Turkish here are ordered by the Pakistani government to leave in next three days. Isn’t is shame that the government has to do so to make happy Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is arriving here today.
There are 108 teachers in schools of Pak-Turk Education Foundation, which have been denied extension in their visas along with their family members.
There are around 1,200 Pakistani and 134 Turkish personnel employed by 28 Pak-Turk schools and colleges – with around 10,000 students studying in these educational institutions across the country.
“Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges are extremely concerned over the abrupt decision of the government,” Pak-Turk Education Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Alamgir Khan said in a statement.
In last August Pakistan had promised Turkey’s visiting Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu that it would investigate the network of schools Ankara wanted shut for its alleged links with the US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, it blames for last month’s coup attempt.
Mr Çavuşoğlu had said: “It is not secret that Gulen’s organisation has institutions or their presence in Pakistan and in many other countries. I am sure the necessary measures will be taken. We have to be very careful with such organisations and their causing risk and threat for the security and stability of every country that they have presence.”The senior official says after such drastic changes in the system, there is no point in to either close down or hand them over to any government’s recommended organisation.
“After bringing these schools under a local NGO, the government should stop looking for an excuse to oblige its Turkish counterpart,” a schools official said, requesting the Nawaz government to consult the new BoD.
The network of PakTurk schools and colleges was launched in 1995 under the international NGO registered with the Turkish government. “Initially funding was made from Turkey to establish state of art campuses in Pakistan. But for the last 15 years or so it is generating its own funds here, offering free education and boarding facilities to 35 per cent of the students besides awarding foreign scholarships to them,” the official said. — Pak Destiny