Over 60 children belonging to Indian diplomatic staff in Pakistan attend local schools. In a surprising decision from New Delhi, these school-going children will not resume their classes next quarter for multiple reasons, one of them being India’s declaration of Pakistan being a No School-Going Mission. The staff of the Indian High Commission (IHC) in Pakistan with children were asked to either return or send their children back to India.
Schools are closed on Pakistan owing to summer vacations currently. As per sources, young Indian nationals will not attend their classes when the schools open next month. The decision is set to strain the already tense relationship between the two South Asian neighbors. This decision by the Indian authorities would compel several diplomats of the IHC to return to India for the sake of education for their children. As per the decision, if they choose to remain with the IHC in Islamabad, they must send their children back to India.
This decision has already been communicated with the Pakistan’s Foreign Office. The Foreign Office requested the Indian government to review the decision however, it was denied. Close to 50 children of the IHC staff members were enrolled in the International School of Islamabad (ISOI), more commonly known as American School. It is one of the two schools where IHC staff members are allowed to have their children enrolled. Majority of diplomats placed in Islamabad have their children enrolled in the same school. Another 10 children of the IHC staff members are enrolled in Roots International School.
One of the major concerns behind this decision was the security of their young nationals. It is after the December 2014 terror attacks on the Army Public School in Peshawar that India started pondering over the declaring Pakistan as a No School-Going Mission. Another reason behind the decision was restriction of free movement of the Indian students. According to sources, whenever a school trip outside Islamabad was planned, Indian students were required to take prior approval from the Pakistani Foreign Office.
In this regard, no comment from Pakistan’s Foreign Office was received.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.