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‘No plans to close Pak-Turk schools’

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Balighur Rehman Friday informed the Senate that neither Pak-Turk schools were being closed down nor their administration was handed over to anyone.

Replying to a Calling Attention Notice raised by Mohish Aziz and others about cancellation of the visas of Turkish teachers and staff of Pak-Turk School, the minister said these were registered schools and educational activities in these institutions would continue.

He was of the view that most of the teachers and other staffers in these schools were Pakistanis adding that Turkish staff in Board of Directors (BoD) had also voluntarily stepped down.

He said it was the right of any state to extend the visa of any foreign national or not. Visas of those expired on September were given time to leave the country by November 20, he added.

Balighur Rehman said visas of some Turkish families under hardship cases have already been extended upto December 31. – APP