How can a government allow damaging their very own successful educational system to please another country?


Date posted: January 9, 2019

Muzaffar Khan AwanJanuary 9, 2019

Historically, Turkey has indeed been a brotherly nation to Pakistan for a long time. However, president Erdogan’s mis-placed anger and political obsession against respectable Hoja Effendi Fethullah Gulen (a well recognized peace promoting universal humanist, scholar and the brain behind the philosophy of universal education) since 2016 or before does not under any circumstances justify Pakistan to jeopardize and deprive high quality education and a better future of thousands of our own children in Pakistan.

Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges have been part of a currently well recognized network of the highest quality educational institutions spanning around the world and already popular in over 120 countries. In Pakistan, these schools began in 1995 and the first Pak-Turk School was set up in Islamabad in 1997. The network had thus grown significantly since, and there were 28 schools spread across Pakistan with estimated number of students in all the campuses being around 12,000.

Pak-Turk schools have unfortunately come under unjustifiable and consistent attacks since 2016 by the Turkish government demanding closing down of the entire network following the failed military coup (wrongly being blamed on the supporters of Hoja Effendi Fethullah Gulen) to overthrow the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There can not be and there is no evidence that a humanistic scholar in the likes of Hoja Effendi Gulen could ever be involved in such a criminal plot when he has lived in USA  over the decades.

Very recently in December 2018, the Pakistan’s SC gave a judgement  of going along with Erdogan as if the children’s schools were involved  and were meddling in Turkey’s internal political turmoil of 2016 coup without even investigating the underlying unrelated facts. Pakistani SC decided for Pakistani government to hand over the management of these schools to an inexperienced foreign owned MA’ARIF Foundation with only two years of experience. While Pak-Turk Education Foundation (PTEF) was a not for profit guaranteed Pakistani company, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) under Section 42 and ran 28 of  these pre-school to college level institutions in multiple cities of Pakistan educating more than 12,000 students.

Pak-Turk  Schools attracted students from varied backgrounds  providing affordable  and high quality education to all segments of the population with significant amounts of scholarships being awarded to deserving students, enabling them to acquire quality education and enhance the quality of their life. Highly regarded for their educational excellence, these schools are located world-wide and have over 20 years offered the very best of competitive standards. How can any government allow damaging their very own successful educational system due to internal political turmoil of another country even if brotherly to Pakistan?

I  respectfully appeal the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the PTI  Government in Pakistan to review their decision and to keep the facilities, board, administration and the faculty of the Pak-Turk educational institutions intact. Furthermore, in such a sad predicament, I certainly request Imran Khan, our esteemed Prime Minister to personally help facilitating reconciliation internally in Turkey since this issue negatively impacts the future education of  millions of children and the quality of their life in over 120 countries.

Sincerely,

Muzaffar Khan Awan 
Grand Rapids Michigan, USA


Related News

Pictures of friendship drawn on hearts: Philippines

Dr. Ali Bayram, February 19, 2012 I’ve visited the schools and the Turkish cultural centers in Philippines . The schools and the cultural centers in Manila , the capital city, were sublime. But the thing that impressed me more than anything was the amazing relationship between Turkish and Filipinos established by Turkish entrepreneurs, teachers and […]

Courts order corrections to gov’t media stories on Hizmet

Several courts have ruled against untruthful stories published or broadcast by media institutions close to the government about the Hizmet movement, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused of trying to undermine his government, but most newspapers and stations have not published the corrections as they should according to the rulings.

Coup in Turkey, Turkish Schools in Nigeria, and Implications for Nigeria’s National Security

President Erdogan has also asked the Government of Nigeria to close down all Turkish schools in Nigeria allegedly because Fetullah Gulen was the main architect of the failed coup in Turkey. Is this request in Nigeria’s national interest? In which way is the Turkish failed coup likely to impact on Nigeria’s national security? How important is Nigeria-Turkish relations in the country’s overall global relations?

Erdoğan distorts Gülen’s NYT op-ed, says it is about Bank Asya operation

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has presented a distorted interpretation of an op-ed written by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen that was published in The New York Times, claiming the op-ed is about the takeover of the board of Islamic lender Bank Asya by Turkey’s banking watchdog.

Sacked policeman’s grim death sparks debate on COVID-19 data in Turkish prisons

The pictures showing the grim death of a police officer sacked with an emergency decree have sparked debate on the conditions in Turkish prisons amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Pictures from his prison cell showed his dead body on a plastic chair in filthy surroundings, prompting deputies to question prison conditions.

PM Erdoğan increases intensity of hate speech against Hizmet movement

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has increased the intensity of his hate speech against the Hizmet movement, which is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, calling on people not to attend the movement’s schools or exam preparatory courses and not to buy newspapers close to the movement.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Ahmet Şık’s book and Ergenekon’s media campaign (3)

Cihan TV network celebrates 10th birthday

Turkey to Release Tens of Thousands of Prisoners to Make Room for Coup Suspects

UN Peace Conference renews commitment against extremism of all kinds

Alienating Turkey

A Turkish Recluse Bridges the Western and Muslim Worlds

TUSKON to sue dailies over disputed land reports

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News