In response to recent violent clashes in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken swift action to ensure the safety of Pakistani students. PM Sharif contacted Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Hassan Ali Zaigham, directing him to arrange a special flight to bring back 130 Pakistani students. The special flight is scheduled to depart on Sunday night, with the Pakistan government covering all expenses.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of maintaining continuous contact with the students and their families. Priority will be given to the return of injured students and those whose families are residing with them in Kyrgyzstan.

Ambassador Zaigham briefed the Prime Minister about his recent meeting with the Kyrgyz deputy foreign minister, during which Kyrgyz authorities assured that the situation was under control, with no new incidents of violence reported in the last two days. Enhanced security measures have been implemented, ensuring the safety of foreign students, including Pakistanis.

Despite the return to normalcy in Bishkek, the Prime Minister instructed that any student wishing to return to Pakistan should be facilitated. Several students have already returned via commercial flights. The violence, which erupted due to a harassment incident involving Egyptian female students on May 13, saw attackers using batons and forcefully entering hostel rooms, wounding several international students, including Pakistanis. Kyrgyz police have mobilized forces to control the situation, and hundreds of Kyrgyz men attacked buildings housing foreign students.

The PM’s office released a detailed statement through the Media Wing, outlining the situation and the government’s response. Continuous monitoring of the situation is being maintained to ensure the well-being of Pakistani students abroad.

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