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347 more students touch down at Islamabad Airport from Bishkek

By News Desk

May 21, 2024 12:18 PM


File Photo of Pakistan students returning from Bishkek to Islamabad Airport

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Return of more students from Kyrgyzstan continues at Islamabad Airport as more 347 students reached Islamabad from Bishkek on two flights on Tuesday morning. So far, a total of 877 students have reached Islamabad on five flights.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, more 180 Pakistani students arrived today morning through flight ANK 4575. This flight was landed at Islamabad International Airport at 5:26 in the morning.

The first flight PK 6252 of the national airline PIA also reached Islamabad International Airport at 7:56 with 167 Pakistani students.

Yesterday, a special plane, carrying 170 Pakistani students, reached Lahore from Bishkek. Federal Minister for Information Ataullah Tarar welcomed the students at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. He said, “We will not leave our students at the mercy of rioters.”

The minister said that the government would try to send these students back to Kyrgyzstan once the situation returned to normalcy in the country. The minister went on to say that these students would make their parents and countrymen feel proud after getting degrees in their fields. “Thanks to the Almighty Allah that no unpleasant incident happened to Pakistani students,” he said.

On Sunday last, two flights from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan arrived in Pakistan, reuniting 360 students with their eagerly awaiting families.

Flight KA 4575 landed at Islamabad Airport, while Flight KA 6571, operated by Aero Nomad Airlines, touched down at Lahore Airport, each carrying 180 students. The arrivals were met with emotional scenes as parents and relatives gathered at both airports to welcome their loved ones back home.

Minister Tarar welcomed the students at the airport and assured that the situation in Kyrgyzstan was stable, with only six to seven students sustained injuries. The minister announced that special flights from Kyrgyzstan, supported by the government are underway to bring students back home.

Contrasting the government's statement, students at the airport voiced their concerns, claiming a lack of assistance from the Pakistani embassy in Bishkek amidst worsening conditions.

Foreign students studying in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek including those from Pakistan, were attacked by locals in the aftermath of their brawl with Egyptian students on May 13.
Several were injured while a few lost their lives in the scuffle. The situation made the Pakistani students panic and they have decided to leave Kyrgyzstan immediately.

Reporter: Tayyab Saif


News Desk


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