Pakistan orders over 100 Turkish teachers to leave country

Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 10:22 IST | Agencies

Pakistan has ordered more than 100 Turkish teachers and their family members to leave the country by November 20, in an apparent move to “please” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who started his two-day visit to Islamabad yesterday

Pakistan has asked the teachers of Pak-Turk institutions to leave in an apparent move to please Turkish President Erdogan. Pic/AFP
Pakistan has asked the teachers of Pak-Turk institutions to leave in an apparent move to please Turkish President Erdogan. Pic/AFP

Lahore: Pakistan has ordered more than 100 Turkish teachers and their family members to leave the country by November 20, in an apparent move to “please” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who started his two-day visit to Islamabad yesterday.

According to the interior ministry, the teachers of Pak-Turk schools have been asked to leave the country along with their family members within three days.

Some 108 Turkish teachers have been serving in the Pak-Turk Schools in the country. They along with their family members have been denied extension to their visas on the request of the Erdogan administration as these schools were run by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Erdogan blamed for July’s failed military coup.

The Pak-Turk Schools administration has expressed shock over the government’s decision, which it believes has been taken under pressure.

“Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges are extremely concerned over the abrupt decision of the government,” said Pak-Turk Education Foundation Board of Directors chairman Alamgir Khan.

“Since we have removed all Turkish principals with the Pakistanis and publicly announced that it has no connection with Gulen movement, there has been no justification of this decision,” said an official of the Pak-Turk Schools.

He said now these schools have been operating under an NGO registered with the Pakistani government.

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Afghanistan: A suicide bomber on foot struck a government vehicle in Kabul yesterday, killing at least six people and wounding 10 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the IS.

The latest bombing to hit the Afghan capital came during the morning rush hour, as militants intensify nationwide attacks on the Western-backed government.

“A suicide attacker on foot targeted a vehicle belonging to security forces in downtown Kabul,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

A security official said the vehicle belonged to the government’s VIP protection unit.

The SITE monitoring group said the IS’s local Khorasan province affiliate had claimed the attack in a communiqué, claiming it had targeted Afghan intelligence officials.

1995
Year the network of Pak-Turk schools, colleges was set up

11,000
Number of students studying in Pak-Turk institutions

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