Karachi: In a surprising turn of events, the registration of a Karachi school was suspended after students were found performing on a Bollywood song ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’. The Indian tricolour was also on display on the screen behind the students of ‘Mama Baby Care School’ who performed on the title track of Shah Rukh Khan starrer movie.
The incident came to light after officials of the Directorate of Inspection/Registration of Private Institution (DIRPIS) Sindh, came across the video on social media. Following this, a three-member committee has been formed to look into the incident.
DIRPIS officials suspended the registration of the school citing the incident hurt the ‘nation’s dignity’ and was promoting ‘Indian culture’. “Promoting Indian culture in educational institutions was against Pakistan’s national dignity which could not be tolerated in any circumstances,” DIRPIS registrar Rafia Javed was quoted as saying by PTI.
The DIRPIS has also demanded an explanation from the school’s director within a period of three days following which the school’s registration was cancelled as the director had failed to respond. Reportedly, the suspension was ordered after discovering the song was chosen on purpose.
Meanwhile, the school’s vice president, Fathima, said that the event was held to educate the students of the different cultures of countries around the world and accused the media of contorting the whole issue. Furthermore, she asserted that there were also pieces about US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other countries.
Notably, the ties between India and Pakistan had strained following the deadly Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel. On Thursday, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a bus which was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.