Don’t send children to school in Islamabad: MEA to envoys

Sources said the decision was taken in June to allow sufficient time for staff members to make alternative arrangements for their wards.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2016 5:21 am
pakistan school, indian diplomats, pakistan, pakistan no school going station, pakistan non-school going station, india pakistan schools, pakistan schools india, indians in paksitan, indian diplomats in pakistan, india news The same applies to children of Pakistan’s diplomats in Delhi.

Amid strain in the relationship between India and Pakistan, South Block has classified the Indian mission in Islamabad as a “non-school-going mission”. This means that diplomatic staff can no longer make their schoolgoing children stay with them. However, their spouses are allowed to stay in Islamabad.

About 60 schoolgoing children of Indian diplomats will now have to discontinue their studies in Islamabad. The decision could compel many staffers at the mission to return to India.

Sources said that in Islamabad, a ‘no kids policy’ is followed by a number of missions, including Germany, France, Australia, UN organisations, UK (under 12), US, Canada and the European Union. “India’s approach is in consonance with the policy adopted by several nations,” a source said.

While it is not clear if there has been a specific security threat, concerns about the safety of children of Indian diplomats were raised after an attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December 2014, which claimed 144 lives.

Confirming the move, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “It is a normal practice for all countries to review staffing and related policies for their diplomatic missions, including in view of prevailing circumstances at those stations. With effect from this academic session, officials posted in the High Commission of India in Islamabad have been advised to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan, till further notice.”

Sources said the decision was taken in June 2015 — a year ago — to allow sufficient time for staff members to make alternative arrangements for their wards. The decision will come into play once schools reopen after summer vacations.

Sources claimed that Pakistan may have “leaked this one-year-old decision now” to “create tension and India-Pakistan conflict” because Pakistan’s rhetoric on Kashmir “is not getting traction”.

Statements made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 have incensed India. Sharif recently remarked that “Kashmir will one day become Pakistan”, a comment which evoked a sharp reaction from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said his dream “will not be realised even at the end of eternity”.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, meanwhile, said that “this is an informal, internal, administrative arrangement we were informed of two months back. No other considerations were communicated to us”.

According to officials, around 50 children of the officials and staff at the Indian High Commission study at the International School of Islamabad, popularly known as American School. Many children from the diplomatic community attend this school. Ten other children study at Roots International School.

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  1. M
    Jul 25, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    Wasn't this suppose to be internal matter conve by a letter or e.mail only to the concerned staff?
    1. Aaa Haa
      Jul 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm
      What intellect do they have to teach to children other than terrorism. It is better for our children to stay away from their schools.
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        amitava ghosh
        Jul 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm
        One cant comprehend why india sends diplomats to pak.when it is explicit that it is not a nation but a breeding ground of terrorists which germinate from the larva of men like hafeez/dawood/osama/lakhviandtheir paid kuttas geelani etc.Also no one knows whose their PM since he too runs on diktata of terrorists/isi kuttas.When a nation whom the world hails as Terroristan why does indian govt.send diplomats whose lifes are at stake in dia should break off all diplomatic ties.Keeping these ties is insane.
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          ashok s
          Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30 am
          Today education system has leaped interms of technology, why not this children's of diplomats study thru internet thru Indian schools. Few coaches can be placed their in mission their for personalised attention. Why to deprive them to stay away from their parents.
          1. G
            Jul 25, 2016 at 10:17 pm
            Diplomacy does not work with stan. We tried that for last 70 years. It will never work in future also. So India should slowly break all diplomatic relations with stan. Not only that but we should ban other important channels also. Make visa strict and with every provocative statement/action by stani leaders and Mullas impose new sanctions. India can live without stani singers. Stop cultural ties. India can play cricket with other countries. Refuse to play with stanis even outside India and stan. Most important is to impose trade embargo. We don''t need anything from stan. There are other countries from where we can import necessary commodities. Put economic sanctions and reach out to other countries like US and European countries to declare stan as a terrorist nation. We have enough proofs to do so. JAIHIND
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