Pakistan Repatriates Over 3,000 Citizens Amid Kyrgyzstan Unrest

Pakistan has repatriated over 3,000 citizens, mostly students, from Kyrgyzstan following attacks on foreigners. The operation uses both special and commercial flights. Authorities in Bishkek are attempting to restore order as more repatriates are expected to arrive by midnight, bringing the total to over 4,000.

PTI | Islamabad | Updated: 22-05-2024 14:09 IST | Created: 22-05-2024 14:09 IST
Pakistan Repatriates Over 3,000 Citizens Amid Kyrgyzstan Unrest
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Pakistan has repatriated more than 3,000 Pakistanis, mostly students, from Kyrgyzstan in the past week after recent attacks on foreigners over an unknown dispute with migrants, the deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

Pakistan began using special and commercial flight over the weekend to bring people home. More were expected to return later Wednesday, bringing their number to slightly over 4,000 by midnight.

Ishaq Dar told a news conference in Islamabad that the situation was under control now in the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, where authorities are trying to arrest people who attacked foreigners, including Pakistanis.

Thousands of Pakistanis study or work in Kyrgyzstan, and Dar said most of them wanted to come home.

He said he visited Bishkek the previous day, where he met his counterpart as well as Pakistanis who live there.

"Though the situation is now normal in Bishkek, we are facilitating those Pakistanis who want to come back,'' Dar said.

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