Just a few days ago, Pakistan had ordered Turkish teachers at schools with apparent contacts to a Turkish cleric opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to leave the country. At that time, the authorities were preparing to host the Turkish leader, who was on an official visit to Pakistan.
About 450 people (teachers and their families) were given three days notice to leave Pakistan. Now, Lahore High Court (LHC) has barred the authorities from deporting the teachers of Pak-Turk schools.
The court has directed 95 students that they should submit an application for the extension of their visa. Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza conducted the hearing over the plea of the teachers in which they had challenged their deportation. According to their plea, the interior ministry had released the orders of Pak-Turk schools teachers’ deportation that will affect the future of 11000 students.
The plea has raised a question that snatching the right to education of students is against the basic rights under the constitution. The petitioners have requested to stop the closure of Pak Turk Foundation’s schools and declare the orders of the deportation as illegal.
After the initial hearing, the Lahore High Court has issued a notice to the interior minister and has prevented the deportation of the teachers. In this regard, a date of January 17, 2017, has been given to the interior ministry to submit a response.