Islamabad—Turkish staff of the Pak-Turk schools has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the government’s direction to leave the country by Nov 20.
Chairman of the Pak-Turk Education Foundation and two Turk teachers have challenged the interior ministry’s ‘abrupt move’ of cancelling their visas. A single bench of the IHC comprising Justice Amer Farooq will take up the petition on Thursday (today). According to the petition, the Turkish teachers on June 22 had applied for visa extension but the federal government without giving any valid reason rejected that application on Nov 11. “Not only our application for visa extension was turned down we were also directed to leave the country by Nov 14,” further says the petition.
In the 26 campuses of the Pak-Turk schools more than 11,000 students are studying and there are 108 Turkish teachers in those schools. “If the Turkish teachers of the Pak-Turk schools are sent packing, not only 400 members of their family will be affected but the current academic session will also suffer badly causing implications on the students’ education.” The petition goes on to say that particularly those students whose academic session is ending in March 2017 will suffer a great deal.