KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday restrained the concerned authority from deporting former employees of Pak-Turk International School, ruling that they can live in the country but only as refugees.

A division bench was hearing a joint petition of as many as eight former employees of the school who had apprehended that they would be deported from Pakistan.

The petitioners submitted that interior ministry was trying to deport them back to Turkey on pressure from Ankara. They submitted that previously the court had restrained the federal authorities from deporting the Turkish nationals who were teaching in the school.

The petitioners submitted that despite the clear directives of the court, the concerned authority was still trying to deport them to Turkey but they want to live in Pakistan. They added that they were being harassed and pressurized to leave Pakistan.