New Delhi, July 25: India on Monday directed its staff members in the High Commission at Pakistan to send their school going children back to India. A decision to declare Pakistan as a 'No School Going' mission for the members of the Indian High Commission was taken on Monday by the government.
With this directive nearly 60 school children of the Indian staff will not resume their classes from the next quarter onwards. As a result of this decision, Pakistan has now been downgraded to a no school going mission.
As per the directive the staff members of the Indian High Commission will either have to return or send their school going children back to India. Schools are scheduled to open next month.
The decision was taken by India owing to security concerns. A decision in this regard was pending since the horrific Peshawar school attack. India feels that the children of the diplomats are not safe in such an environment.
Further there were lot of restrictions on the movement of the Indian children. For a school trip permission had to be sought from the Pakistan foreign office and in many cases permission was rejected. This impacts children, India felt.
After the decision was taken the same was conveyed to the Foreign Office in Pakistan. A request to review the decision was rejected by India.
Most of the children were studying at the American School which is also known as the International School of Islamabad. The remaining were studying at the Roots International School.
As a result of this decision, the diplomats will have to send their children back to India for education. There is also an option for diplomats to return to India. There is however no restriction on the spouses.