C-130 brings back 134 Pakistani from Kyrgyzstan

The fist C-130 carrying 134 Pakistanis including students arrived in the city from Kyrgyzstan and touchy scenes were witnessed on the arrival of Pakistanis stranded from riot-hit country.

The students were stranded in Kyrgyzstan’s city of Osh, where ethnic riots erupted between majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks, leaving some 200 people dead. The body of the Pakistani student, who was killed in the violence, would be brought back in the second flight.

Federal Minster Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. General (retd) Nadeem Ahmed and Spokesperson of Foreign Office, Abdul Basit and family members welcomed Pakistanis upon their return.

The students who arrived at Chaklala Airport have expressed their gratitude over efforts made by the Government of Pakistan for their safe return.

The students’ narrated horrible incidents in Osh, saying the government failed to control the situation there and dead bodies were lying on road in the city.

A student, Muhammad Aamir who arrived in the capital told that nearly 110 male and female students returned at Chaklala Airbase and they faced no difficulties while returning to the country.

He said that there are three types of Pakistanis living there as some students have their passport while some do not have passports and only have identity cards. The third type of Pakistanis are those who married in Kyrgyzstan.

The students who arrived in Pakistan were shifted to different hotels through buses from where, they would go to their houses. Doctors and ambulances of PIMS were also present on the arrival of students.

Pakistani Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan, Tanveer Khaskheli told that among 134 Pakistanis arrived in the country, most of them are students and the people went to Kyrgyzstan for business purposes in very less number.

The Pakistani envoy further said that 269 Pakistani were present in Osh and Jalalabad and out of them, 134 were brought back to Pakistan. He said that no Pakistani is injured or sick at Osh Airport.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the incomplete documents caused some delay in the return of Pakistani from Kyrgyzstan.

Talking to media here at Chaklala Airport, the Federal Minister said that it is difficult to say anything about degrees of Pakistani students.

The minister expressed his grief and sorrow over the death of Ali Raza, adding the dead body would be handed over to heirs soon.

The Spokesperson of Foreign Office on the occasion said that the main priority is to bring back all Pakistani citizens from Kyrgyzstan safely.

He said that more than 100 Pakistani are in Osh and the Kyrgyz government is fully cooperating with Pakistan.

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