Detained staffers of Afghan-Turk schools may be deported to Turkey

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The Turkish staffers of Afghan-Turk School who went missing in Kabul were in the custody of security forces and likely to be deported to Turkey, sources said Wednesday.

Two Turkish nationals and an Afghan teacher affiliated with Afghan-Turk School in Kabul were detained by the security forces after a raid on the school, government sources told Afghan media outlet.

The sources said the detained Turkish nationals would be handed over to Turkey’s government who had questioned the activities of these people in Afghanistan.

The raid on the Turk-Afghan schools comes at a time when President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani left for Turkey the same day.

The sources continued that the fate of the Afghan-Turk schools would be decided later, adding the detained Afghan staffers of the international school and college chain would be freed or presented to the court of law after completion of interrogation. The management of the Afghan-Turk schools said in a statement that their three Turkish and an Afghan staffer went missing in the Tiamani area.

Family sources of the detained persons told media persons that the number of detained people was higher than three.

The network of Pak-Turk schools and colleges was launched in 1995 and linked to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who the Turkish government believes was behind the failed coup in Turkey last year.

Meanwhile, human right activities condemned the raid on hostel of Afghan-Turk girls school in the Taimani area of Kabu city.

The students claimed that security forces besieged and intimidated them for three long hours and searched their rooms.

Abdul Shakoor Dadras, a Kabul based legal expert, said the raid on the Afghan-Turk school was in violation of laws of the land and an attack on the privacy of a person.