By Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD, July 9: Rumours to bar Carey Schofield, the British Principal of Langlands School and College, Chitral, from making a comeback have died down. The people of Chitral won. And the manipulators who left no stone unturned to make the issue controversial had to kiss the dust at last.
The federal minister for interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, a former Aitchisonian, who stopped renewal of Ms Schofield’s visa on the request of his 97-year-old teacher Major GD Lanaglands, has finally been convinced that denial of visa to the lady principal was unjustified.
Well-placed sources privy to the development told ChitralToday that Nisar agreed to issue visa to Ms Schofield as soon as possible. The latest development came when chairman Senate Raza Rabbani sought report from the ministry.
“Yes, certainly she will be issued a visa as I’ve come to know that she is doing a wonderful job in an area where even local teachers are not ready to perform their duties,” the sources quoted Ch Nisar as saying.
In a meeting with a top official who wished not to be named, the minister said Major GD Langlands personally visited him and remained with him for about an hour. He said that it was GD Langlands who kept pressing not to renew the visa of Carey Schofield.
Nisar remarked that after meeting with top officials who are also members of the school’s board of governors, Major Langlands has backtracked and regretted whatever he had said about issuing visa to the British Principal of the school.
The minister was impressed by the people in the board of governors of the school, saying all the people had unblemished track record. “Langlands is our old teacher and he ate up my brain for about an hour that she (Carey) should not be issued a visa,” he recalled.
GD Langlands has already been retired and is no more in a position to take decisions about the future of the school, Nisar said, adding the future of the children is most important especially in a backward area like Chitral.
“We’ll convince Langlands that he must not believe on rumours and enjoy his retired life…the British lady is running the school quite well and that’s more important as the students and the parents are satisfied with her performance,” he added.
The minister will also hold a meeting with the members of BoG who include top former bureaucrats and others from all over the country including prominent personalities of the area as well as the chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amjad Ali Khan.
Senator Samina Abid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) who raised the issue on the floor of upper house of parliament will also participate in the meeting. She deserves a standing ovation from the people of Chitral as it was her tireless efforts and commitment which made it all possible.
By Zulfiqar Ahmad