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IHC suspends repatriation of teachers to provinces

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended orders issued by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to repatriate over 250 teachers working in Islamabad under the wedlock policy to their provinces.

Chief Justice IHC Justice Athar Minallah summoned the director general of the FDE on March 16 to explain on whose orders it had issued the repatriation orders and what policy it had been following to absorb the teachers. 

The court regretted that the FDE had misinterpreted an earlier order of the court and repatriated about 250 teachers through a stereotype and one-sided order forcing hundreds of teachers to stage a sit-in at D Chowk and affecting their families.

The chief justice observed the FDE director legal has no knowledge of law and was trying to misguide the court, and surely had misguided the DG too.

The teachers were forced to stage protests at D-Chowk and outside Parliament House due to one-sided decisions, the chief justice noted. The court asked why the teachers working here before 2006 are being perturbed and adjourned the hearing till March 9. 

The chief justice said the teachers may join their schools in Islamabad from Feb 18.

A large number of affected teachers, mostly female, were present in Court No 1 when the chief justice suspended the repatriation orders. 

The teachers had since Feb 8 been staging protest against their repatriation. 

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