Over 350 Pakistani students have landed in Lahore and Islamabad from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Two of the three special flights landed at the Islamabad and Lahore airports on Sunday night, with 180 students on board each plane.
The third plane was also expected to land later in the night.


At the Islamabad airport, the students who arrived were welcomed by federal minister Musadik Malik while in Lahore, the students were greeted by Information Minister Attaullah Tarar.

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The Civil Aviation Authority had set up an immigration desk and provided transport to the students on arrival.


As per the instructions of the PM, the federal government will bear the expenses for these special flights.


Ishaq Dar downplayed mob violence


Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar — who put off his trip to Kyrgyzstan — downplayed the mob violence saying the situation in Bishkek was normal and there was no need to panic.


According to Ishaq Dar, 16 foreign students, including “four or five” Pakistanis, were injured in the violence.


FM Dar said that the government would cover the expenses of Pakistani students wishing to return home as 540 students would take three flights to return on Sunday. He said as many as 11,000 Pakistani students were studying in Bishkek, and those returning would be fully facilitated.


He quoted the Kyrgyz foreign minister as saying that the incident in Bishkek was due to a “misunderstanding”.

Students say all is not well


Many students on social media said that the embassy was not providing any help and that the situation in Bishkek was still bad. They said that the foreign students were attacked by Kyrgyz students and locals, adding that they were not even safe on the roads.

Balochistan students ‘ignored’


In Balochistan, Sajid Hussain, an educationist, claimed that the government had taken no steps to bring back at least 300 students from Balochistan stranded in Bishkek.


“Over 300 students from Balochistan are also studying in Kyrgyzstan but they have not been brought back,” Mr Hussain said.


His son and daughter are studying at the Asian International Univer­sity in Kyrgyzstan along with five other students enrolled there.“I am in contact with my children,” he said, adding that no steps had been taken for the return of Baloch students.


He claimed that the federal government was repatriating students from other provinces and that parents of students from Balochistan were being asked to pay Rs100,000 for each student.


He appealed to Balochistan’s government officials to take notice of the situation and make special arrangements for the province’s students.
CM Bugti has reportedly established a special desk in this regard, reported Dawn.


“To reach the students, the foreign ministry is in contact with the embassy of Kyrgyzstan,” the CM said, assuring “every possible assistance” for the students.