Pakistani authorities have suspended the registration of a school here after some students danced to an Indian song and waved India’s national flag during a cultural event, hurting the country’s “national dignity.”
Officials of the Directorate of Inspection/Registration of Private Institution, Sindh, came across the video on social media which showed students of Mama Baby Care School in Karachi dancing to the tune of “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani”, a popular track from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer movie of the same name.
The performance used the graphics of a waving Indian flag on the screen behind the dancers.
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 owner of the school was asked to explain his stance about the matter within three days after receiving the notice else his school’s registration would be cancelled.
However, the school’s owner neither responded to the directorate nor appeared before the officials to clear his position, leading to the suspension of the registration.
Javed said that it was a very sensitive matter that possibly could trigger public anger. The school’s vice-principal Fatima said that last week, the school management arranged an event for the students to make them aware about cultures of different countries.
It was an event in which students presented the cultures of Saudi Arabia, the US, Egypt, Pakistan, India and other countries. However, some reporters twisted the matter and picked only a specific part of the programme to target the school, she said.