Pak-Turk Schools: IHC proceeds with the possible closure petition

Pak-Turk Schools: IHC proceeds with the possible closure petition

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday granted three-week more time to state counsel for filing reply in a Pak-Turk Education Foundation's plea against its possible closure.

A single judge bench of Justice Aamer Farooq granted time on the request of the Deputy Attorney General (DAG) and adjourned further hearing till then.

Hafiz Arfaat, associate lawyer of the main counsel for the petitioner, Hafiz S A Rehman, raised concerns about possible closure. The court directed Arfaat to contact the court if such step was taken.

During the hearing, the DAG said that government has not yet taken any decision in this regard and most of the notions were spread through media.

Earlier, the bench directed DAG to submit reply after seeking instructions from the interior ministry and the ministry of foreign affairs in this regard.

Hafiz S A Rehman, counsel for the petitioner pleaded to allow them to keep functioning as such without any interference.

He said the foundation is registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and has a valid license to function. He said that over 11,000 students and 1,500 teachers will be directly affected if the 23 PakTurk schools in Pakistan are closed down.