Kyrgyzstan: Four Pakistani students killed in violent attack; India urges students to stay indoor

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‘Students from India, Bangladesh, and Arab region also attacked’

In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, a violent incident at a hostel resulted in the deaths of at least four Pakistani students and left many others seriously injured.

Pakistani students have claimed they received no assistance from their embassy or local authorities, with concerns raised over inadequate medical care for the injured.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a warning to Indian students to stay indoors due to a series of attacks targeting foreign students. These attacks were triggered by online videos depicting a confrontation between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students on May 13.

The Embassy provided a contact number for assistance and urged students to remain indoors until further notice. Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar echoed this advice, urging Indian students to stay in touch with the Embassy.

Both the Embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of Indian students in Kyrgyzstan.

Meanwhile, at least 540 Pakistani students would return to the country from Kyrgyzstan through three commercial flights the government would run on Sunday (today), Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar has said as they seek repatriation after a violent mob attacked foreign students.

The return of more than 500 students would bring the tally of returning students to 670 after 130 students arrived in Lahore on Saturday night.

“Upon our request, the Air Force will operate one flight, airbus, having the capacity to carry 130 students. So far, 50 students have registered themselves with the embassy for the flight,” Dar told reporters in Lahore.

He briefed the reporters on Sunday on the Kyrgyzstan situation as Pakistani students wait for return flights amid violence. Information Minister Attaullah Tarar and Frontier Regions and National Heritage and Culture Minister Amir Muqam accompanied the deputy prime minister.

The deputy PM clarified that students from India, Bangladesh, and the Arab region were also attacked as shunned the impression that only Pakistanis were attacked.

While quoting statistics from the Kyrgyz government, he said that around 16 students – including four –were injured in the violence.

According to Dar, the cause of the incident was not yet confirmed as there were unconfirmed reports of a clash between some foreign students and locals

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