Pak­istani par­ents rally against Turk­ish teach­ers’ ex­pul­sion

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Dozens of Pak­istani par­ents are ral­ly­ing against a gov­ern­ment or­der ex­pelling their chil­dren’s Turk­ish teach­ers with fam­i­lies from the coun­try.

Yes­ter­day’s rally in Is­lam­abad is the sec­ond day of protests af­ter 400 Turk­ish na­tion­als were or­dered to leave the coun­try within 72 hours. The Turk­ish na­tion­als are teach­ers at the PakTurk In­ter­na­tional chain of schools and their fam­ily mem­bers. Ankara has ac­cused the school of links with the move­ment of U.S.-based dis­si­dent cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, which PakTurk de­nies.

Syed Amir Ab­dul­lah, who rep­re­sents par­ents of PakTurk’s 11,000 stu­dents from 28 cam­puses across Pak­istan, urged au­thor­i­ties to re­view the ex­pul­sion on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds. The school chal­lenged the or­der in court on Thurs­day but the pe­ti­tion was dis­missed. The ex­pul­sion orders came as Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan vis­ited Pak­istan this week.

KARACHI, Pak­istan: Pak­istani stu­dents of the Pak-Turk In­ter­na­tional school protest on Thurs­day

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