Alert! Indian students in Kyrgyzstan told to shelter as violence erupts!

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In a latest advisory, the Indian government has urgently called on its citizens, particularly students in Kyrgyzstan, to remain indoors following attacks on foreign students. This precautionary measure comes after several Pakistani students were reportedly injured due to mob violence at their hostel in Bishkek.

Details of the Incident and Government Response

The violence was first reported following a conflict between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students on May 13, which escalated after videos of the altercation went viral. The mob subsequently targeted hostels primarily housing students from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. According to the Indian Consulate, the situation, while currently calm, remains tense, prompting the advisory to stay indoors and maintain close contact with the embassy through their provided 24×7 hotline.

Indian students in Kyrgyzstan urged to stay indoors amid escalating hostel violence.

Indian students in Kyrgyzstan urged to stay indoors amid escalating hostel violence.

Statements from Government Officials

Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar emphasized the importance of regular communication with the embassy, stating, “Monitoring the welfare of Indian students in Bishkek. Situation is reportedly calm now. Strongly advise students to stay in regular touch with the Embassy.” Similarly, Pakistan’s embassy acknowledged the attacks, noting light injuries among several Pakistani students but denying any confirmed reports of deaths or severe incidents as claimed on social media.

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Broader Implications and Community Concerns

The incident has raised significant concerns about the safety of international students in Bishkek, sparking reactions from governmental leaders. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed deep concern and has directed the Pakistani Ambassador to provide all necessary assistance while closely monitoring the situation.

The events in Kyrgyzstan highlight the vulnerabilities faced by international students in volatile regions and underscore the need for robust crisis management strategies by home and host countries to protect their citizens abroad.

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