Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jilani Jahangir said the Turkish-origin Kaçmaz family, who was earlier abducted by a group of unknown people in Lahore, was forced back to Turkey even without their passports.
A group of people or what some media outlets say plainclothes security officials raided Turkish teacher Mesut Kaçmaz’s home, and blindfolded and hooded all family members including Kaçmaz’s wife and two teenage daughters in the middle of the night on Sept 27, according to neighbors.
With no news came out about them for days, the family was controversially deported back to Turkey on Oct 14.
The family had been staying in Pakistan on the asylum seeker certificate granted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as the Pakistani government earlier asked teachers working at the schools affiliated with the Gulen movement to leave the country at Turkey’s request.
Mesut Kacmaz is a former principal of the Pak Turk schools, founded by the followers of the Gulen movement.
Jahangir, also the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, has carried out a press meeting and said the family was forced back to Turkey even without their passports.
“How were they sent out while their passports are with us?” Jahangir spoke out.
Jahangir also said Lahore High Court’s decision banning the family’s deportation was violated. “I mean: Is this a country or a forest? Is it an unowned realm? Because no one is regardful of the court here, they deliver the people they want to world dictators, as they have done before,” she said.
Turkish government holds the Gulen movement responsible for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement. More than 126,000 people have been detained over ties to the movement in Turkey so far while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier called on foreign governments to punish Gulen followers in their own countries. Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia and Myanmar handed over academics, businessmen and school principals upon the Turkish government’s request even though some of those victims already had refugee status with the UN like Kacmaz family.