Karachi welcomes 205 more students returning from Kyrgyzstan

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah extended a warm welcome to students returning from Kyrgyzstan at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, on Thursday, amidst heightened concerns following recent violent incidents in Bishkek.

The welcoming gesture came following Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar’s revelation of a significant surge in the number of Pakistani students fleeing Kyrgyzstan, expected to surpass 4,000 by midnight, during a press briefing held in Islamabad a day earlier. Dar’s statement came after his diplomatic visit to Bishkek, where discussions were held regarding the safety of international students, including Pakistani nationals.

Addressing the media at the airport, CM Murad disclosed that among the 205 returning students, a significant proportion belonged to Karachi, with detailed breakdowns of students’ hometowns provided. He assured arrangements for their safe transit to their respective destinations within the province.

Expressing solidarity with the students, CM Murad commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its prompt establishment of a crisis management cell and pledged the Sindh government’s support in repatriating the remaining students and providing necessary medical assistance.

CM Murad also shed light on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s initiative to facilitate returning students in Pakistani medical colleges through a dedicated committee chaired by Dar. Additionally, he acknowledged the proactive efforts of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in ensuring the safety of students in Kyrgyzstan.

In concluding remarks, CM Murad reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Pakistani students returning from Kyrgyzstan.

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