Another 175 students return home from Bishkek


A plane carrying another 175 Pakistani students, stranded in Bishkek amid mob attacks on foreign nationals, landed at Lahore airport on Sunday.
Information Minister Ataullah Tara received the students at the airport. Speaking to the media, the information said all arrangements at Lahore and Islamabad airports have been completed for the return of the students from the Kyrgyz capital.
He said the government will ensure safe return of all stranded Pakistani students to their homes and added that the Pakistani government was in contact with the Kyrgyz authorities in this regard.
Earlier today, Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar said that as many as 540 students, stranded in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek amid mob violence, are scheduled to return to the country via special flights
On late Saturday, a flight carrying first batch of Pakistani students landed at Lahore airport. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Dar said that about 130 Pakistani students returned to the country last night and that 540 more will return today.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed Ambassador of Pakistan in Kyrgyzstan Hasan Ali Zaigham to make all necessary arrangements regarding the special plane to bring back Pakistani students.
Several international students including Pakistanis came under mob attacks by locals in the aftermath of their fight with the Egyptian nationals on May 13.
At least five Pakistani students were injured in the violent attacks triggered by a brawl between locals and Egyptian nationals. There were reports of death of Pakistani students, however, they were rebutted by Pakistan’s embassy in Bishkek.
In a telephonic conversation with the envoy, PM Shehbaz directed him to stay in touch with all Pakistani students and their families in Kyrgyzstan. He said that the plane will depart in the evening today.
The premier stressed that the students who received injuries during the mob attacks should be brought back to Pakistan on priority, adding that repatriation of family members residing should also be arranged.