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Govt likely to oblige Ankara while deciding fate of Pak-Turk schools

10:48 PM | 26 Jul, 2016
Govt likely to oblige Ankara while deciding fate of Pak-Turk schools
LAHORE – It seems that Islamabad is ready to oblige the Turkish government in deciding the fate of Pak-Turk schools after an official of the Foreign Office said that relations with the brotherly Islamic country required its concerns to be addressed at all costs.

“We’re discussing various options to guide the provinces how to handle the issue,” the official said.

“Though we haven’t received a formal request yet from Ankara (regarding the educational institutions run by the Pak-Turk Foundation), the deep relations with Turkey demand that we don’t look out for formalities (of written requests) and remove her concerns on priority at all costs.”

Seeking to allay concerns of parents whose children are enrolled within these educational institutions, he said the interest of the students would be taken care of while devising any policy on the issue, Dawn News reported.

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Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood admits the matter is a complicated one. However, another senior member of the provincial cabinet believes the issue has more than one solution.

“It’s difficult to make a decision as the problem has multiple aspects,” Mashhud said, adding that the Punjab government was awaiting direction from the federal government. Another Punjab minister, however, sees no difficulty in tackling the issue and claims that there will be many options as soon as Islamabad gives its policy directive.

The foundation running these educational institutions may be asked to disown its links, if any, with the Gulen movement and suspend all activities that may give an impression of its association with Turkish politics, said an official requesting not to be named as he is not directly related with the education department.

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The ownership of the institutions may also be changed and even the government may take over the same as some of the institutions were earlier being run by the state, he adds.

The Pak-Turk Foundation has, on its website, denied having any political, religious or denominational and financial links with any movement.

An official of the foundation said that the organization had already changed its nomenclature and removed the word “international” from its name when the issue of international NGOs cropped up around a year ago.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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