An official at the Ministry of Interior on Friday confirmed to ChitralToday that interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan had granted the work visa to Ms Schofield on the recommendation of the Board of Investment (BoI).
It may be clarified that all working visas to foreigners are issued on the reccommendation of the BoI. It was alleged that some teachers sacked by Ms Carey had managed to get the renewal of the visa for Ms Carey stopped about five months ago through Major GD Langlands, the former principal of the school, who is one of the former teachers of Chaudhry Nisar.
However, notables of Chitral town, especially Shahzada Sirajul Mulk, a member of the school’s board of governors, along with Javed Majeed, former DC Chitral and the founder of the school, played an important role in persuading the minister to issue the visa to her again. Later, Shahzada Sikandarul Mulk along with the teaching staff of the school visited Langlands in Lahore and brought him to Islamabad to convince the minister to issue the visa.
MNA Iftikharuddin pursued the case on the floor of National Assembly as well as through his personal capacity using his good connections with the interior minister. Senator Samina Abid was the one who kept raising the issue on the floor of Senate from time to time. She reminded the government on several occasions that any move to stop Ms Carey from coming back to Pakistan would be a disservice to the people of Chitral as her sole purpose to come back was to educate the children of Chitral.
When contacted, Major GD Langlands told ChitralToday on telephone from Lahore that he was excited to hear that Carey had been granted a visa, saying her presence in the school was needed the most. He admitted that there had been misunderstanding between him and Ms Carey which were cleared after the school teachers briefed him about her performance.
“She’s doing a wonderful job and we all should help her,” he maintained. “There had been misunderstanding that upset her [Carey Schofield]…things have been cleared and I’m glad she is back.”
He said that after he was informed that Ms Carey had managed the school in a wonderful manner, he went to Islamabad along with the teachers of the school to personally talk to Chaudhry Nisar to clear her visa.
“I spent 12 days in Islamabad as the interior minister was busy due to earthquake…I could not meet him due to his busy schedule but sent him a message that Carey must be given a visa,” he added.