Turkish family of PakTurk Schools director abducted in Pakistan: rights group

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The household of a former director of the Turkish PakTurk Colleges in Pakistan has been kidnapped by authorities within the japanese metropolis of Lahore, the Human Rights Fee of Pakistan (HRCP) mentioned, lower than a 12 months after Pakistan sought to deport them.

Pakistan has solid shut ties with Turkey lately and President Tayyip Erdogan, who opposes the PakTurk Colleges, has made a number of state visits to Islamabad.

Turkey has accused the faculties of alleged hyperlinks to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, or his “Hizmet” motion, which Erdogan says was behind a failed coup try in Turkey final 12 months.

PakTurk colleges deny such hyperlinks however in November final 12 months Pakistan ordered their Turkish academics to depart the nation.

HRCP mentioned Mesut Kacmaz, former director of the PakTurk Worldwide Colleges and Faculties, was picked up on Wednesday by 20 armed people, in keeping with their Turkish neighbor who spoke to the rights group.

Kacmaz, his spouse, and two daughters have been, “roughed-up, hooded, handcuffed and brought in a wagon” to a “furnished home the place a number of different interrogators have been additionally current”, HRCP, a non-governmental group, mentioned in an announcement late on Wednesday.

“HRCP urges the federal government to right away launch the Kacmaz household and desist from deporting them. There are credible experiences of different Turkish educationists being arrested upon their arrival in Turkey and their subsequent torture.”

The Punjab province’s police division didn’t reply to requests for remark.

HRCP mentioned the household has been dwelling in Pakistan for the previous 12 months on a sound United Nations’ asylum seeker certificates.

The colleges educate greater than 10,000 college students in Pakistan.

Extra reporting by Mubasher Bukhari; Writing by Saad Sayeed; Modifying by Kim COghill

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