Inquiry Committee Formed to Investigate Mob Attacks on Pakistani Students in Kyrgyzstan

 Inquiry Committee Formed to Investigate Mob Attacks on Pakistani Students in Kyrgyzstan

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar has formed an inquiry committee to investigate the recent mob attacks on Pakistani students in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The violence erupted on Friday night following viral videos of a brawl between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students, which incited local residents to target international students, including Pakistanis.

Approximately 10,000 Pakistani students are enrolled in Kyrgyzstan, with nearly 6,000 in Bishkek. In response to the violence, Pakistan has repatriated over 4,500 students from Bishkek via various flights.

During a news conference in Islamabad, Foreign Minister Dar stated that the committee will also examine the role of the Pakistani mission in Bishkek in facilitating the students. The committee will coordinate with Kyrgyz authorities, review all findings, and developments, and is expected to submit its report within two weeks.

Dar assured that the government would not prevent any student in Bishkek from returning to Pakistan.

On Tuesday, Dar visited Kyrgyzstan to check on Shahzaib, a Pakistani textile worker injured during the mob violence in Bishkek. He was received at the hospital by Deputy Chairman of the Kyrgyz Cabinet of Ministers Edil Baisalov and Kyrgyz Minister of Health Alymkadyr Beishenaliev. Shahzaib, who expressed a desire to return to Pakistan, was discharged and allowed to undertake further treatment in Pakistan at Dar’s special request.

Additionally, Dar met with his Kyrgyz counterpart in Kazakhstan during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting. The two ministers then traveled together from Astana to Bishkek.

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