17 November 2016 Current Affairs: Pakistan has ordered more than 100 Turkish teachers and their family members to leave the country by November 20, in a apparent move to ‘please’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who starts his two-day visit to Islamabad on 17 Nov 2016
According to the interior ministry, the teachers of Pak-Turk schools have been asked to leave the country along with their family members within three days.
Some 108 Turkish teachers have been serving in the Pak-Turk Schools in the country. They along with their family members have been denied extension to their visas on the request of the Erdogan administration as these schools were run by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Erdogan blamed for July’s failed military coup.
The Pak-Turk Schools administration has expressed shock over the government’s decision which it believes has been taken under pressure.
In August, Pakistan had promised Turkey’s visiting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that it would investigate the network of schools Ankara wanted shut for its alleged links with Gulen.
The network of Pak-Turk schools and colleges was launched in 1995 under the international NGO registered with the Turkish government.
The chain of 28 schools and colleges is functioning in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, Karachi, Hyderabad, Khairpur, Jamshoro and Quetta. Some 11,000 students from pre-school to ‘A’ levels are studying there.