300 Pakistani students still stranded in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz government gave a three-day ultimatum to 300 Pakistani students stranded in the country to return home.

Express June 17, 2010

OSH: The Kyrgyz government gave a three-day ultimatum, on Thursday, to 300 Pakistani students stranded in the country to return home.

Family of Umer Ayub , a medical student at the International University of Kyrgyzstan, lamented the ultimatum  as no flights from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan are currently available.

Only two flights come to Pakistan every week, so there is a severe shortage of tickets.

Parents have appealed to the government to make efforts for the safe return of their children from the violence-hit country.

Woman with 2 children missing

Meanwhile, a woman along with her two children have gone missing after landing at the Chaklala airbase. Officials said the names of the woman and her children are included in the immigration list. But they have now disappeared after landing at Chaklala base.

The family had left for Kyrgyzstan 20 days ago to meet relatives, but intense ethnic violence forced them to pack up and leave. They have been identified as Dr Arif's wife and children and are all residents of Shabqadar.

More than a quarter million people have fled

The UN refugee agency says more than a quarter million people have fled ethnic fighting in the country's south.

Clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz around the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad have claimed at least 178 lives.

A spokesman for the office of UNHCR said 200,000 people had been displaced within the country.

This is in addition to the 75,000 ethnic Uzbeks who have  managed to cross the border into neighbouring Uzbekistan.

UNICEF, reported that 90 percent of the refugees from the fighting were children, women and the elderly.

The UN has warned that the continuing ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan could spread to neighbouring countries if it is not stopped soon.


hijratali | 11 years ago | Reply allpakistani students should be immediately air lifted from bishkik as the kyrghizistan govt has given them a three days notice to leave the country ,all these students should be given addmission in pakistani medical colleges
cidpusa | 11 years ago | Reply announcement should be made for all the students to come to the airport and then the for office can evacuate them
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