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Inquiry committee formed to investigate Bishkek mob attacks

Committee has been ordered to complete its report within two weeks, says Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar

By Web Desk
May 22, 2024
Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar speaks during a presser in Islamabad on May 22, 2024, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live
Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar speaks during a presser in Islamabad on May 22, 2024, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar Wednesday said that the Pakistani government has decided to form a fact-finding committee to probe the factors and causes that led to the mob attacks on Pakistani students in Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek.

Additional Secretary Administration Muhammad Saleem will be heading the committee which will probe into the developments pertaining to the violence that ensued last week.

Addressing a presser in Islamabad, flanked by Foreign Secretary Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Dar said the committee has been ordered to complete its report within two weeks.

The committee will also probe about the role of the Pakistani Mission in facilitating the students in the Kyrgyz capital.

The committee, Dar added, will coordinate with Kyrgyz authorities and review all the findings and developments.

At least five Pakistani students were reported injured in the violence which was triggered following a harassment incident on May 13 involving Egyptian students in the Kyrgyz capital.

A day earlier, Dar visited Bishkek to discuss the “concerns” of Pakistani students who among other foreign nationals suffered mob attacks by locals last week.

The visit came as Pakistan ramped up evacuations of its students from Bishkek with over 3,000 pupils returning to the country so far.

After reaching Bishkek, FM Dar held a detailed meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Kulubaev Zheenbek Moldokanovich.

Dar, during the presser, said that he had discussed the students’ issue with his Kyrgyz counterpart in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, where they were visiting for a separate meeting. “The Kyrgyz FM had assured me that there is nothing to worry about.”

During his time in Bishkek, the deputy premier also visited the hospital where injured Pakistani students were being treated.

He informed media in Islamabad that the Kyrgyz president also assured him that he would not tolerate such an incident and that those involved in attacks have been arrested.

Dar was informed by Pakistani Ambassador Hassan Zaigham that at least 1,100 workers arrived in Kyrgyzstan through agents and continue to live there without visas. He added that these workers are employed in different factories.

Dar requested the Kyrgyz government to issue visas to the workers instead of deporting them and was assured by Kyrgyzstan’s deputy prime minister regarding the issuance of visas.

The deputy premier added that the students are scared following the riots in the Kyrgyz capital.

“Students who are in their final year [of studies] should come back after completing their degree,” Dar said.