Pakistani Ministers Depart for Kyrgyzstan to Assist Students Amid Mob Violence

Sun May 19 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs Amir Muqam will depart for Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday to monitor the situation and provide assistance to Pakistani students affected by recent mob violence.

The move follows violent attacks on international students, including Pakistanis, after a fight with Egyptian nationals on May 13. Five students  from Pakistan were injured in the attacks. Although there were initial reports of fatalities, these were rebutted by Pakistan’s embassy in Bishkek.


On the previous day, 30 stranded Pakistani students were safely returned to Lahore via a special flight. Despite the improved situation, the government has decided to send the delegation to offer necessary support and facilities.

Dar will hold meetings with high-level Kyrgyz officials to ensure medical care for the injured students and review arrangements for their safe return to Pakistan. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has instructed that students wishing to return to Pakistan be facilitated at government expense and assured continuous support and communication between the students and their families through the embassy.



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