Jaishankar monitors welfare of Indian students in Kyrgyzstan amid mob violence: ‘Stay in regular touch with…’

Indian Embassy in Kyrgyz Republic updates students to stay indoors and contact them for any issues during the calm situation.

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Updated18 May 2024
Indian students in Kyrgystan advised to ‘stay indoors’ amid mob violence. (AP)
Indian students in Kyrgystan advised to ‘stay indoors’ amid mob violence. (AP)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday stated that the Indian government is monitoring the welfare of Indians students in Bishkek amid mob violence targeting international students erupted Kyrgyzstan's capital city.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Jaishankar wrote, “Monitoring the welfare of Indian students in Bishkek. Situation is reportedly calm now. Strongly advise students to stay in regular touch with the Embassy.”

The students have also been advised to “stay indoors”. Currently, the Indian embassy in Kyrgyz Republic is in contact with the students.

“We are in touch with our students. The situation is presently calm but students are advised to stay indoors for the moment and get in touch with the Embassy in case of any issue…," it said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif voiced "deep concerns" about the situation in Bishkek and stated that he has instructed the country's envoy there to "provide all necessary help and assistance" to the students.

“Deeply concerned over the situation of Pakistani students in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I have directed Pakistan's Ambassador to provide all necessary help and assistance. My office is also in touch with the Embassy and constantly monitoring the situation,” he wrote on the microblogging site.

Some social media posts claimed that three Pakistani students were killed in the attack, but the government stated they have not received any reports of fatalities. 

The Pakistan embassy mentioned that the situation intensified after videos of a fight between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students on May 13 went viral online on Friday. The mob targeted hostels of medical universities in Bishkek, where students from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh reside.

“So far, a few hostels of medical universities in Bishkek and private residences of international students including Pakistanis have been attacked. The hostels are inhabited by students from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. There have been reports of light injuries to several students from Pakistan,” Pakistan's Kyrgyzstan consulate said in a post on X. 

"Despite social media posts about alleged death and rape of Pakistani students, so far, we have not received any confirmed report," it added. 

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