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Dozens Of Pakistani Students 'Moved To Safety' In Kyrgyz City


Thousands of Osh residents have fled the violence in Osh

Thousands of Osh residents have fled the violence in Osh

Dozens of Pakistani students in the Kyrgyz city of Osh have been transferred to a safe location after one student was killed in ethnic riots there, a student leader has told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal.

Fahim Khan told RFE/RL that about 70 Pakistani students have been moved to a safe place in the city, and that some 350 Pakistani students still remain in Osh.

Days of riots and clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek groups have left at least 124 dead and nearly 1,700 wounded.

Khan described the circumstances surrounding the death of the Pakistani student: "[The Pakistani student] was living on an Uzbek street. The [men from] the Kyrgyz side came there and saw him on the Uzbek street. [They] killed him on the spot without asking his identity -- whether he was a Pakistani or someone else."

Khan said the Pakistani Embassy in Bishkek had not provided the students with relief or help. Radio Mashaal found that the phone number publicized for Pakistanis seeking help in Kyrgyzstan does not work.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said later that it would send an aircraft to evacuate its nationals from southern Kyrgyzstan.

In a Foreign Office press release, the Pakistani government expressed shock at the reported killing of a Pakistani student.

Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit also said Pakistan faced difficulties in making contact with the Kyrgyz government due to situation there.
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