Peshawar High Court halts government order to deport Pak-Turk school staff


Date posted: November 23, 2016

Fawad Ali

Days after the federal government decided to deport over 100 Turkish teachers and their families working in Pak-Turk schools, the Peshawar High Court has stopped the government from making such a move and sought its response.

The stay order was issued by a division bench comprising Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ikramullah on Wednesday after a plea was filed by teachers and parent of a student against the government’s decision of not extending the visas.

The government’s decision coincided with the recent visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Islamabad during which he addressed a joint session of the National Assembly.

During the hearing, the petitioners’ counsel Qazi Muhammad Anwar argued that the government has asked them to leave within three days. He argued that the notice was issued at a time when the courses were incomplete and their deportation would waste precious academic year of hundreds of students in Peshawar as well as across the country.

“Besides, all the Turkish teachers are very peaceful people who have committed no crime in Turkey as well as here in Pakistan,” Qazi Anwar said. He prayed the bench to suspend the federal government’s notice and stop deportation of the Turkish teachers and their families. The bench accepted the request and restrained the deportation of Pak-Turk schools’ staff.

The Pak-Turk schools are being run by clandestine Turkish preacher Fetullah Gülen, who is accused by the Erdogan regime to have masterminded a failed coup attempt in July to overthrow the democratically elected government. Gülen, who is living in self-imposed exile in the US, denies any involvement.

The network of 28 schools and colleges in Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, Khairpur and Jamshoro has a staff strength of around 1,200 Pakistanis and 134 Turkish personnel who teach around 10,000 students from pre-school to A level.

The closure of the Pak-Turk schools has consistently been demanded by the Turkish government, which claimed they are backed by the Gülen-inspired Hizmet movement.

Earlier, the ministry of interior had issued a notification dated November 14, 2016 through which the teachers were asked to leave the country within three day — before November 20, 2016.

Source: The Tribune Express , November 23, 2016


Related News

Turkey’s Koç: I met with Gülen; there is nothing wrong with that

The CEO of one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates confirmed on Sunday that he met with prominent Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in May, but dismissed government claims of conspiracy plots.

Gülen urges Turkey to preserve, advance achievements in democratization

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has called for the preservation and advancement of the country’s achievements in democratization, describing this as “crucial.” In an interview with The Atlantic magazine, Gülen said Turkey’s ongoing relationship with the European Union is partly to be commended for the level of democratization Turkey has achieved so far.

Are ambassadors propaganda officials for the ruling party?

Those who order ambassadors to put their citizens abroad in a difficult position in violation of human rights and national interests do not understand this: The international community is more concerned about whether the government sticks to democratic principles and the rule of law and less about who triggered the recent political crisis.

Nigerian govt reacts to planned deportation of 1000 Turks

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has refuted reports that 1,000 Turks will be extradited from Nigeria on the request of the Turkish government. Onyeama assured all foreign nationals, including Turks resident in the country legally, of full protection under Nigerian and International Laws.

Alevi leader Kenanoğlu: Discrimination against Alevis increased in 2013

It must be realized that religion is a matter for individual citizens. It is likely that the Gülen community will face restrictions and pressure from the government [as the AK Party government’s supporters have accused the Gülen movement of discrediting a number of ministers and their relatives in relation to a recent investigation into alleged bribery in public tenders, which saw the sons of three Cabinet ministers taken into custody alongside construction moguls and bureaucrats]. What we have been defending are universal rights, including the freedom of religion and belief. If these can be achieved, everybody will benefit from them, not just the Alevi community.

Alevi associations react against halt of mosque-cemevi project

Several Alevi Bektaşi Associations affiliated with the Federation of Alevi Foundations (AVF), which together represent 600 cemevis and 300 local Alevi community associations, have strongly condemned the refusal by Ankara’s Mamak Municipality

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Overshadowing the graft probe

Tevere Institute organized an Iftar Dinner for Diplomats in Vatican

Synagogue hosts a night of Muslim-Jewish harmony

Gülen condemns ISIL atrocities in ads in leading US newspapers

Reflections on the Gulen Movement Conference in Senegal

Turkish and Kurdish women meet to discuss media and peace in Sulaimaniya, Iraq

Child victims to be affected by smear campaign against KYM

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News