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Dozens of Pakistani Students Injured in Mob Violence in Kyrgyzstan

Dozens of Pakistani students were injured in mob violence around student hostels in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Friday night, as reported by Dunya News.

According to media reports, a recent altercation between Egyptian students and local Kyrgyz residents was mistakenly attributed to Pakistani students, leading to violent attacks on their hostels. The attackers forcibly entered the hostels, broke doors, and assaulted several students.

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In response, the Pakistani embassy in Kyrgyzstan has advised Pakistani students in Bishkek to stay indoors until the situation normalizes. The embassy is in contact with local law enforcement authorities to ensure the students’ safety.

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In a social media post, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Bishkek, Hasan Zaigham, assured that the embassy is liaising with local law enforcement to protect Pakistani students. He also shared emergency helpline numbers (+996555554476 and +996507567667) for students to call if needed.

“In view of mob violence around student hostels in Bishkek, the embassy strongly advises all Pakistani students in Bishkek to stay indoors until the situation returns to normal. We are liaising with the local law-enforcement authorities to ensure the safety of our student fraternity,” said Ambassador Zaigham.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra-Baloch reiterated the ambassador’s message, emphasizing that the safety of Pakistani students is of paramount importance. Social media posts also highlighted the incidents of mob violence, with many appealing for immediate assistance.

Ambassador Zaigham noted that embassy staff are continuously responding to calls from Pakistani students and providing maximum support.

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