Pakistan has expelled 108 Turkish teachers from 28 international schools across the country, along with their families, numbering up to 450 in total, in a politically motivated move that came ahead of an official visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
BBC reported on Thursday that Erdogan, who is currently in Pakistan, described the decision as “very pleasing.”
PakTurk International Schools and Colleges posted a statement on its website on Tuesday voicing concern about the decision of the Pakistani government with regard to the Turkish teachers working at these schools in Pakistan.
“PakTurk International Schools and Colleges are deeply concerned over the abrupt decision of the Government requiring the Turkish teachers, management and their family members numbering to approximately 450 individuals including the school-going children, infants and ladies to leave the country within three days – an extraordinary time constraint – in consequence of non-approval of their requests for extension of visa,” said the statement.
However, for the parents of students at the affected schools, the decision to expel the teachers is concerning. Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported on Thursday that Hafiz Arafat, a parent whose children attend a PakTurk school in Islamabad, was having difficult time explaining the situation to his kids.
“My children have been studying here for eight years. I find it astonishing that the Turkish government is alleging that the schools are involved in supporting Fethullah Gulen’s ideology,” Arafat told Pakistani newspaper Dawn. “We have never witnessed anything irregular at these schools,” he added.