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540 more Pakistani students to return from Kyrgyzstan via three commercial flights

At least 130 Pakistani students landed in Lahore on Saturday night fleeing Kyrgyzstan at their own expenses

At least 540 Pakistani students would return to the country from Kyrgyzstan through three commercial flights the government would run on Sunday (today), Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar confirmed.

“Upon our request, the Air Force will operate one flight, airbus, having the capacity to carry 130 students. So far, 50 students have registered with the embassy for the flight,” the Deputy Prime Minister said as he briefed the reporters in Lahore on Sunday on the Kyrgyzstan situation.

The return of over 500 students will raise the total number of returning students to 670, following the arrival of 130 students in Lahore on Saturday night.

While quoting the Kyrgyz foreign minister, Dar said that it was a lie that Pakistani students God forbid died there.

“I guarantee you no Pakistani died,” Dar quoted the Kyrgyz foreign minister.

“This is inhumane and unfortunate that social media are going so far.”

Ishaq Dar also confirmed that his trip to Kyrgyzstan was cancelled at the request of the Kyrgyz government.

“Last night we thought we should go there, they [Kyrgyz government] requested us and urged us to trust them,” Dar said and added that the host country requested him to send an ambassador instead as the opposition would politicise the matter if senior ministers arrived.

Ishaq Dar said that the trip was planned to assure the students. Later, the host country’s request was accepted and two additional FO staff members were sent to the country for assistance.

“If needed, an additional foreign secretary will be sent to Kyrgyzstan for verification after discussion with the prime minister,” he added.

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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