Lahore: Turkey’s Maarif Foundation formally took over the charge of all educational institutions in Pakistan previously connected to Fethullah Gulen’s organisation on Tuesday.
Altogether around 28 Pak-Turk schools are running in different cities. Schools that are running in Karachi and Islamabad were handed over to the foundation on Friday and the ones in Lahore were handed over on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court had earlier instructed the government to declare Gulen’s organisation a terrorist group and urged that schools should be handed over to the Maarif Foundation.
Maarif foundation was established in in 2016 Turkey after the coup attempt. It had an objective of taking over the administration of overseas schools that are connected to Gulen’s organization. Under this organization many international schools were.
The Pak-Turk schools were run by a foundation linked to Gulen, once an ally of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. However, since the coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish leadership has accused Gulen for helping on overthrowing.
Ankara blames Gulen of Gulen for behind a long-running campaign to de-throne the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.