Pakistan and Turkey authorise deal for literacy improvement via Maarif Foundation

The Turkish foreign minister arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday for a two-day visit.

Pakistan and Turkey on Wednesday signed an agreement for the promotion of literacy in the South Asian country.



The agreement was signed by the Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, and the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in Islamabad.

The Turkish foreign minister arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday for a two-day visit.

The deal was approved a day earlier in a Cabinet meeting lead by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Following the agreement, Turkey’s Maarif Foundation, which currently has an international non-governmental organization’s status, will be treated as a Turkish government institution in Pakistan.

Harun Küçükaladağlı, the organization’s country director for Pakistan, expressed optimism on the move.

“After this, Maarif Foundation will expand its operations in Pakistan in terms of opening new campuses, cultural and educational centers, language centers, student exchange programs, and scholarships,” Küçükaladağlı said.

In the aftermath of signing the agreement, the Maarif Foundation’s activities and operations will fall under the Pakistani and Turkish governments’ ambit.

The Maarif Foundation currently has around 27 schools and colleges across Pakistan that provide education to about 12,000 students in 10 cities, including Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.

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The number of teaching and other staff affiliated with these academic institutions is over 1,700.

The Turkish government established the Maarif Foundation in 2016 to take over the administration of overseas schools previously linked to the Turkish Gülen movement.

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The Gülen movement is a socially conscious movement with political overtones and aspirations.

The movement is lead by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic preacher who lives in the United States.

Pakistan and Turkey have designated the Gülen movement as a “terrorist organization.”


Turkey accuses the Gülen movement of being the main culprit behind the 2016 coup d’état attempt.

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