A Pakistani court has halted the government's order for the deportation of 108 teachers working in schools linked to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).
Pakistani media outlets reported that the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday adopted a motion for a stay of execution for the deportation decision, which was announced by the federal government on Nov. 15, a day before President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to the country.
The court also asked the government to explain its stance on the issue.
Two judges at the PHC reviewed a petition from Pak-Turk schools' students, and their parents request for the court to annul the government decision.
The next court hearing on the case will be held on Dec. 1.
The federal government's deportation decision covers the teachers working in 23 schools in the country as well as their families, which make a total of about 400 people.
Around 11,000 students are enrolled in Pak-Turk schools, which are considered among the best in the country, thus the federal government's decision was controversial.
FETÖ faces heightened scrutiny after being accused of attempting to topple the democratically elected Turkish government in the July 15 coup attempt, in which 246 people were killed and 2,200 were injured.
Gülenists run a vast network of schools around the globe and the shadowy group is primarily invested in charter schools in the U.S., which receive government funding but operate independent of the public school system.
Several countries, including Chad, Guinea, Iraq, Rwanda and Somalia, took action following the July 15 coup attempt regarding FETÖ schools in their respective countries to be transferred to the Turkish Maarif Foundation.
Pakistan had also said it was fully committed to cooperate with Turkish authorities in its fight against FETÖ, who runs a global network of schools, from Africa to Central Asia, where it recruits more followers into the group.
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