Leading human rights organization Amnesty International has questioned Pakistan’s decision to expel more than 100 Turkish school teachers. In a statement released Thursday Amnesty said that the decision is politically motivated.
“With 24 million Pakistani children out of school, Pakistan’s decision to expel teachers from the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges will only hurt Pakistan’s children,” Amnesty’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said.
“What the country needs is more classrooms and more teachers, not a politically motivated decision to purge educators at the behest of the Turkish government.”
According to Amnesty, Pakistan has ordered more than 100 Turkish teachers from the PakTurk schools to leave the country by the end of the week. The order comes as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is visiting Pakistan (pictured above).
The PakTurk schools, Amnesty said, deny the Turkish government’s allegation the network is linked to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, currently in exile in the USA and a former ally of the ruling AK Party.
According to Amnesty, the Turkish government maintains that Fethullah Gülen was behind a failed coup attempt in July, and has since used it as a pretext to purge tens of thousands of state employees – including academics and teachers – and media organizations of suspected sympathisers and others.
Photo courtesy: Pakistan PM Office
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