LAHORE: A Turkish organization has formally taken over the management of all Pak-Turk Schools in Pakistan.
Turkey’s Maarif Foundation took over the management of all educational institutions in Pakistan linked to Fethullah Gulen’s organisation.
Recently, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the government to ban Gulen’s linked organization and hand over all educational institutions being run by it to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation.
There are a total of 28 Pak-Turk schools in different cities. Schools in Karachi and Islamabad were handed over to the foundation on Friday and those in Lahore on Tuesday.
Turkey had established the Maarif Foundation in 2016 after a coup attempt. It was tasked with taking over the administration of overseas schools linked to Gulen’s organisation. The Foundation also set up schools and educational centres internationally.
The Pak-Turk schools were administered by a foundation linked to Gulen. However, since the abortive coup attempt in 2016, Turkey launched a global crackdown on the religious and educational network led by Gulen.
Maarif Foundation president Prof Dr Birol Akgün said in a statement that his organisation was taking over schools, institutions and facilities in several countries linked to Gulen through bilateral and multilateral agreements on behalf of the Republic of Turkey.