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136 Pakistanis brought back from Kyrgyzstan

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The PAF's C-130 aircraft, carrying 136 Pakistanis, most of them medical students, landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport here in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The students were stranded in Kyrgyzstan’s city of Osh, where ethnic riots erupted between majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks, leaving some 200 people dead. The...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 14, 2010 | Last Updated: 11 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 14, 2010 | Last Updated: 11 years ago

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The PAF's C-130 aircraft, carrying 136 Pakistanis, most of them medical students, landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport here in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The students were stranded in Kyrgyzstan’s city of Osh, where ethnic riots erupted between majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks, leaving some 200 people dead. The body of the Pakistani student, who was killed in the violence, would be brought back in the second flight.

Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira received the students at the airport.

Interacting with media persons, he said that remaining nationals would also be airlifted to Pakistan today. The information minister also praised the Foreign Office and National Disaster Management Authority for their prompt action.

Acting on the directive of government, the PAF dispatched its C-130 plane to Osh to evacuate Pakistanis stranded in the troubled city.

Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador to Pakistan Almaas Idrees also accompanied the plane, which was also carrying 14 tons of humanitarian aid.

The second aircraft is expected to leave for Osh at 8am today.

In addition, arrangements were made for the safe return of 23 other Pakistanis stranded in Kyrgyzstan city of Jalalabad. SAMAA

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