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Pakistan evacuates more than 3,000 students from Kyrgyzstan following violent attacks on international students

Pakistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar Repatriates Pakistani Students from Kyrgyzstan Amid Mob Attacks

Pakistan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ishaq Dar, has made a strong statement regarding the recent mob attacks targeting international students in Kyrgyzstan. Dar announced that over 3,000 Pakistani students have been repatriated from Kyrgyzstan in the past week, with the number expected to exceed 4,000 by Thursday.

The mob attacks, which began on May 17 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were sparked by a video showing a fight between local and international students. The violence resulted in injuries to 29 individuals, according to the Kyrgyz health ministry. Kyrgyz police intervened to subdue the attacks, which saw buildings housing international students vandalized by hundreds of Kyrgyz men.

In response to the incidents, Dar revealed plans to establish an inquiry committee to investigate the causes of the attacks and the handling of the situation by the Embassy of Pakistan. He also called upon Kyrgyzstan’s foreign affairs minister to swiftly take action against the perpetrators.

Kyrgyzstan’s president, Sadyr Japarov, condemned the attacks in a public statement, vowing not to tolerate such violence. He emphasized the value of foreign students and workers to the country’s economy and announced arrests made by intelligence agencies.

Furthermore, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador to address concerns over the violence against Pakistani students. The ministry demanded measures to ensure the safety of Pakistani citizens in Kyrgyzstan and opened an emergency helpline for assistance.

The situation remains tense as authorities work to address the repercussions of the mob attacks on international students. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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