Pakistan to Expel Over 100 Turkish School Teachers. Why?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

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.”

[ Stop Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir: Rights Groups ]

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

Support RMN News Service for Independent Fearless Journalism

In today’s media world controlled by corporates and politicians, it is extremely difficult for independent editorial voices to survive. Raman Media Network (RMN) News Service has been maintaining editorial freedom and offering objective content for the past more than 12 years despite enormous pressures and extreme threats. In order to serve you fearlessly in this cut-throat world, RMN News Service urges you to support us financially with your donations. You may please click here and choose the amount that you want to donate. Thank You. Rakesh Raman, Editor, RMN News Service.

RMN News

Rakesh Raman