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No Pakistani student killed in Bishkek mob violence, Kyrgyz govt confirms

Mob goes on rampage in Kyrgyzstan, attacking international students

No Pakistani student has been killed in Bishkek mob violence, Kyrgyz govt confirmed on Saturday. 

It was previously reported that at least three Pakistani students were killed in the violence that erupted following a brawl at a hostel between locals and foreign students, including Pakistanis and Egyptians.

Dozens of Pakistani students were injured in mob violence around student hostels in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Friday night.

A video of the fight, which allegedly happened on May 13, went viral on social media leading to the violence spilt onto the streets of Bishkek.

However, Pakistani authorities in Bishkek Saturday said the Kyrgyz government has confirmed that no Pakistani student died in the recent mob violence against international students.

“Moreover, Kygyz Ministry of Internal Affairs has also issued press releases stating that the situation is under control,” the Pakistan Embassy said.

The violence prompted Islamabad to issue advisories for Pakistani nationals in Kyrgyzstan.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Pakistan in Bishkek Hasan Zaigham assured that the embassy was liaising with the local law enforcement authorities to ensure the safety of the Pakistani students.

In a social media post, the Pakistan envoy also shared helpline numbers +996555554476 and +996507567667, asking the students to call in case of emergency.

“In view of mob violence around student hostels in Bishkek, the embassy strongly advises all Pakistani students in Bishkek to stay indoors until the situation returns to normal. We are liaising with the local law enforcement authorities to ensure the safety of our student fraternity,” the ambassador said.

Ambassador Hasan Zaigham said that the embassy staff was continuously responding to the calls from the Pakistani students and extending the maximum possible support to them.

“The Embassy of Pakistan is doing its best to help Pakistani students in distress,” he responded to a query on X post.

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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