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At least 130 Pakistani students return home fleeing Kyrgyzstan at their own expenses

Several Pakistani students are trying to flee Kyrgyzstan after a violent mob attacked several foreign students.

At least 130 Pakistani students landed in Lahore on Saturday evening from Bishkek via an international flight KA-571 at their expense.

These 130 students were among the at least 12,000 Pakistanis studying in Kyrgyzstan.

As reported, these students safely managed to reach the Bishkek airport from the hostel.

They easily got the ticket as seats were vacant.

Flight KA-571 landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore at 11:02 pm.

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi received them. He told reporters that the special flight service to bring back Pakistani students would begin on Sunday.

When students shared their problems related to studies, Moshin Naqvi said that the government would resolve their issues and the injured would be treated.

The development comes hours after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared that the federal government would cover all travel expenses for Pakistani students stranded in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, following incidents of mob violence against foreign students.

Pakistani students in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan have been asked to stay indoors amid mob violence.

The directives were given following several Pakistani students in the Kyrgyzstan capital were subjected to mob violence late Friday night.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Hasan Zaigham urged all Pakistanis in the capital to “remain indoors until the situation returns to normal”.

Zaigham in a post on X, added that his office was liaising with local authorities to ensure students’ safety and posted numbers for the emergency helpline: +996555554476, +996507567667 and +996 507567667.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated its Crisis Management Unit (CMU), with Pakistani nationals in Kyrgyzstan and their families urged to contact the unit at the following numbers: 0519203108, 0519203094

The CMU’s email address provided is:  [email protected]

As reported at least five Pakistani students were injured in the attacks.

Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch shared in an update on X that five Pakistanis had been injured, one of whom suffered a jaw injury.

According to the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Health, 29 people were injured during the protests.

 

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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