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Pakistan Orders more than 100 Turkish Teachers to Leave the Country

The administration of the Pak-Turk Schools has expressed shock over the decision of the government it believes has been taken under pressure

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Lahore, November 16, 2016: On the request of the Erdogan administration, 108 Turkish teachers and their family members have been denied the extension to their visas as the Pak-Turk schools were run by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Erdogan blamed for the July’s failed military coup.

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The administration of the Pak-Turk Schools has expressed shock over the decision of the  government it believes has been taken under pressure.

“Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges are extremely concerned over the abrupt decision of the government,” Pak-Turk Education Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Alamgir Khan told PTI.

“Since we have removed all Turkish principals with the Pakistanis and publicly announced that it has no connection with Gulen movement there has been no justification for this decision,” said an official of the Pak-Turk Schools.

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He said, “Now these schools have been operating under a local NGO registered with the Pakistani government.”

“However, these schools will remain functional under the Pakistani administration,” he said.

In August, Turkey’s visiting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was promised by Pakistan that it would investigate the network of schools Ankara wanted to be shut for its alleged links with Gulen

“It is not secret that Gulen’s organization has institutions or their presence in Pakistan and in many other countries. I am sure the necessary measures will be taken. We have to be very careful with such organizations and their causing risk and threat for the security and stability of every country that they have a presence,” Cavusoglu had said.

“Initially funding was made from Turkey to establish state of art campuses in Pakistan. But for the last 15 years or so it is generating its own funds here, offering free education and boarding facilities to 35 per cent of the students besides awarding foreign scholarships to them,” the official said.

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The chain of 28 schools and colleges is functioning in Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Khairpur, Hyderabad,Jamshoro and Quetta. Almost, 11,000 students from pre-school to ‘A’ levels are studying there.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Pakistani Doctors Blame Quacks for Alarming Rise in HIV Cases: Report

Pakistan was considered a country of low HIV prevalence for long, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate with about 20,000 new HIV cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the UN

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The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has blamed quack doctors practicing without training and professional certification for an alarming rise in the number of HIV positive patients in the country, the media reported on Wednesday.

The doctors associated with the PMA said that the quacks, especially fake dentists, spread the virus by using instruments that were not sterilized, adding that despite free-of-cost availability of life-saving antiretroviral drugs at government hospitals, mortality ratio among patients carrying the virus was also increasing.

An alarming surge in HIV cases has been witnessed in five districts of Pakistan’s Punjab province, with 70 to 90 cases being reported monthly at the main government health facility in Faisalabad city, Dawn News reported.

Earlier this month, an international team of experts from the World Health Organization kicked off an investigation into the sudden HIV outbreak in Pakistan’s Sindh province after over 700 people were diagnosed with the virus in a matter of weeks, most of them were children.

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School girls light candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Ahmedabad, India, Nov. 30, 2016. (VOA)

Following the outbreak, authorities launched a crackdown on unqualified doctors as well as illegal blood banks and laboratories said to be involved in spreading the disease. At least 17 quack doctors were arrested and more than 70 clinics in Larkana district were shut down, according to Xinhua news agency.

According to the PMA, over 600,000 quacks are currently practicing in the country with more than 80,000 based in Punjab province alone.

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The association demanded the government to make all-out efforts to stop the menace of quackery in the country.

Pakistan was considered a country of low HIV prevalence for long, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate with about 20,000 new HIV cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the UN. (IANS)