Visa extensions for three Christian nuns in Pakistan were denied after Muslim parents complained.
The Filipino missionary nuns from the Congregation of the “Religious of the Virgin Mary” must now leave Pakistan.
According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, the decision was based on complaints from Muslim parents of school students against the administration of the Convent School of Islamabad — which was in fact founded and run by the nuns.
After an investigation ordered by the Ministry of Interior, the government refused to renew the visas of the three nuns.
Attorney Abid Nazir said in an interview all three nuns “have devoted their lives to educating and helping impoverished children in Pakistan.”
When taken to the High Court of Islamabad, it too confirmed the decision of the Ministry of Interior, denying the nuns visa extensions to remain in the country.