Chaos in Bishkek: Pakistani Students Describe Terrifying Attacks

Authorities advise Pakistani students in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to remain indoors and exercise caution following recent incidents of violence targeting international students. Local authorities reported a rise in tensions after a brawl between Kyrgyz and foreign students on May 13th. This culminated in attacks on hostels housing international students, including Pakistanis.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Kashmir Affairs Minister Amir Muqam are heading to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to support Pakistani students following a night of mob violence.

On May 17, chaos erupted in Bishkek as mobs attacked buildings housing foreign students, including Pakistanis, following a viral video of a fight between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students. The violence left 29 people injured, including five Pakistanis.

Pakistani student Syed Shah Rukh Khan described the night as a “living hell” with mobs breaking into hostels and attacking students. “They broke doors and windows. We were lucky security forces arrived quickly,” he said.

Hasnain Ali is another Pakistani student at the International University of Kyrgyzstan. His hostel is also attacked by mobsters, leaving several students injured. “Police warned us to stay hidden, but they didn’t help us,” he said. “We have no water or food, and the embassy hasn’t provided support.”

Farooq Zeb, studying at Ala-Too International University, described hearing protesters shouting anti-Indian and anti-Pakistani slogans while breaking into his hostel. “We are scared and without basic supplies,” he said.

Government’s Actions

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered immediate action to support the students. “We won’t leave our sons and daughters alone in these difficult times,” he stated. Dar and Muqam will meet with Kyrgyz officials to ensure the safety and well-being of Pakistani students and discuss their possible repatriation.

Amid the violence, the Pakistani embassy in Bishkek reported no deaths and confirmed that the situation is under control. However, students remain fearful of further attacks and are urging for safe evacuation and better support.

The Kyrgyz government promises to protect foreign students and reassures that top officials are closely monitoring the situation. However, the uncertainty continues, with students like Muhammad Taqi preparing for a potential second wave of attacks.

As the situation develops, Pakistani officials are determined to provide necessary aid and ensure the safety of their students in Kyrgyzstan.

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