Staff Report ISLAMABAD: More than 269 Pakistanis, mostly medical students, are stranded in Kyrgyzstan where ethnic riots broke out between ethnic Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks, leaving 102 people dead and injuring hundreds others. Related News Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan armies exchange fire on disputed border Pakistan blacklists 17 Kyrgyz medical varsities FBR wants details of...
ISLAMABAD: More than 269 Pakistanis, mostly medical students, are stranded in Kyrgyzstan where ethnic riots broke out between ethnic Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks, leaving 102 people dead and injuring hundreds others.
One Pakistani student, Ali Raza, is also among the dead. However, 10 other Pakistani students managed to return to the country amid raging violence in the Central Asian nation.
The deceased student hailed from Jhang.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is in contact with Pakistan’s ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. More than 250 Pakistanis are still stranded in the affected region. Efforts are on to shift Pakistanis from mostly affected city Osh to Bishkek.
The government is planning to bring the students back from Kyrgyzstan through a chartered plane.
Meanwhile, Ubaid Ansari, one of the 10 students, who returned, told SAMAA that about 400 to 450 male and female Pakistani students are still present in Osh. The area is out of food, while people are eating dry fruits to survive.
Tens of thousands of Uzbek refugees fled raging violence in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday as the interim government struggled to stem the country's worst ethnic clashes since the end of the Soviet Union.
Gunbattles between rival groups turned cities into warzones and marauding mobs torched whole villages on a third day of bloodshed in the Central Asian nation.
Neighbouring Uzbekistan said up to 80,000 ethnic Uzbeks, mostly women and children, had fled the fighting and were being housed in hastily-set up camps along the border as rights groups warned of a looming humanitarian crisis. SAMAA