ISLAMABAD: The chairman of Senate has sought a report from the interior ministry on delay to issuance of a visa to Carey Schofiled, principal of Langlkands School and College Chitral.
He sought the report after the issue was raised by Senator Samina Abid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on July 7. The house was informed by the interior ministry that the issue was still under consideration. Without citing any solid reason for the delay in issuing the visa, the state minister for interior Baligur Rehman said the Board of Investment (BoI) had recommended Carey Schofield for a business visa which was being considered by the ministry.
“The BoI had given a business visa to Ms Schofield in 2010-11 for one year, and renewed every one year after the expiry of the visa. And now she has again applied for a work visa through BoI, which is being considered,” he added. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, leader of opposition in Senate, regretted the attitude of the government for intentionally delaying the visa to the British educationist, saying it was surprising to see how it discouraged people who wanted to serve Pakistan.
“I just want to ask the government who wants to come to Pakistan in these circumstances…if a British lady wants to educate your children and that too in a backward area like Chitral, you should beg her to come,” he maintained. “This is quite unfortunate to see that the government has delayed her visa….you should not only facilitate such great people rather go there [UK] and beg her to come back as her sole purpose is to educate the children in an area where the services of such people are needed the most,” he lamented.
Rehman said that the visa to Carey Schofield was under process and the government would facilitate the British educationist as much as it can, adding it is a lengthy process as the foreigners apply for business visa through BoI. “The issue was also highlighted by both national and international media. Now, the BoI has recommended her…we’ll try to expedite the matter, and hopefully there will be visible progress before October 5, as the chairman [Senate] has already sought report by next session,” he added.
Carey Schofield is a British educationist who has been working as a principal at Langlands School and College in Chitral since 2013. The interior ministry has delayed the renewal of her visa after GD Langlands, a former principal of the school, who taught interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan at Atchison College Lahore, misguided him in connivance with some teachers who were sacked by Ms Carey.