Pakistan court stays decision to expel Turkish school staff

Expulsion was ordered after the Turkish government asked for action against the network, saying it was linked to Turkish cleric Fatehullah Gulen

Gulf News

Islamabad: A Pakistani high court on Wednesday stayed the implementation of a federal government decision to expel Turkish staff of Pak-Turk schools from the country.

The expulsion was ordered after the Turkish government asked for action against the school network saying it was linked to US-based Turkish cleric Fatehullah Gulen.

Gulen is accused by Ankara of being behind the failed attempt in Turkey, in July, to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A two-judge bench of the Peshawar High Court, based in the capital of the northwestern Khyber Pakthunkhwa province, passed the restraining order while hearing a writ petition filed by students of Pak-Turk Schools and their parents.

The court fixed next hearing of the case for December 1 and issued a notice to the federal government to clarify its stand on the issue.

The petitioners pleaded that the federal government had ordered the expulsion of the teachers due to a political issue, which the teachers had no connection with.

The writ petition said there were 26 Pak-Turk school campuses across the country, in which around 11,000 students were enrolled.

Ahead of President Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan earlier this month, the government had issued an order for the Turkish staff to leave the country.

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