Pak govt in touch with Kyrgyz authorities

Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 17:33

Islamabad: The Pakistan government today
said it was in touch with authorities in Kyrgyzstan to ensure
the safety of its citizens after the reported killing of a
Pakistani student during rioting between ethnic Kyrgyz and
Uzbeks.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the
government was in contact with Kyrgyz officials to gain access
to its citizens and ensure their safe evacuation.

"The Pakistani ambassador is in contact with Kyrgyz
officials to get access to Pakistani citizens," he told
state-run PTV.

"We have conveyed our concern to Kyrgyz government and
are trying to contact (Pakistani) students in order to get
them safely evacuated," he said.

About 1,200 to 1,500 Pakistani citizens, most of them
students, are in Kyrgyzstan, he said.

Many students had returned to Pakistan for the summer
vacation though some had stayed back to appear in
examinations, Qureshi said.

There were unconfirmed reports that 15 Pakistani
students were trapped in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh.
"But this is not authentic information. It is only
hearsay which is natural in such a situation," Qureshi said.

He expressed sorrow over the reported death of a
Pakistani student in violence in southern Kyrgyzstan.

The situation in the Central Asian state is worrying
and the Kyrgyz government looked helpless, he added.

Deadly ethnic clashes raged for the third day today
across southern Kyrgyzstan and the interim government ordered
police to shoot to kill gangs of marauders terrorising the
population.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 17:33

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