Pakistani students in Kyrgyzstan : Future at stake
Future of students returning from Kyrgyzstan at stake
Islamabad, June 16: The future of students, returning from Kyrgyzstan while leaving
their education unfinished, is at stake as most of them are not ready to go back
even if the situation normalizes there.
According to information, there
are around 1,200 students currently studying at various educational institutions
of Kyrgyzstan. Around 270 are stuck at the core of massacre - Osh - while the
government of Pakistan is trying to make proper arrangements for the safe return
of these students.
The arrival of students has started due to the serious
efforts by the Pakistan government which was under pressure after the murder of
a Pakistani engineering student, Ali Raza.
The students who are returning
back from Kyrgyzstan are mainly the students of engineering and medical while
there are a few who are also the students of arts. According to the students,
they went to Kyrgyzstan because of the quality of education and relatively
cheaper fee structures.
They said that the annual fee for the engineering
and medical is around Rs0.2 million while the total expenditure including the
house rent costs around Rs0.4 million which is far cheaper than the other
A complicated situation has arisen after the return of these
students as they have left their education in the middle and also have deposited
their fee in their respective universities. The students have expressed their
grave concerns over the career and appealed to the government to take immediate
measures to accommodate them in Pakistani universities.
talking to this scribe Ministry of Education Secretary Imtiaz Qazi said that
since the students were taking higher education, the responsibility lies on
Higher Education Commission(HEC) to accommodate them in some way or the
On the other hand, HEC Executive Director (ED) Dr Sohail Naqvi
termed it impractical to accommodate these students in Pakistani universities.
He said that education
system in Kyrgyzstan was entirely different from
what has been prevailing in Pakistan. "The students could not possibly be
accommodated in local universities as they would not be able to adjust and adopt
the local education system," he said.
Naqvi further said that the merit
was really high in Pakistani universities and competition was really tough
that's why these students went to Kyrgyzstan to gain education as the merit
there was low. "It would not be fair with the Pakistani students to accommodate
these returning students in Pakistani universities nor it is practical to do
so," he said.
Naqvi said that the option they are considering right now
to accommodate these students was to negotiate with the education institutions
of other Central Asian states including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan where the
education system and merit was equal to Kyrgyzstan. "We would try to accommodate
them in the universities of Central Asian Countries and we are under process in
doing so," he said.
But the question here arises that why these students
have to go all the way to Kyrgyzstan in order to get higher education when the
education of these countries was not even equal to the education in developed
countries like US, England and Australia.
According to a recent report by
UNDP, only 5.1 per cent of the students in Pakistan have access to the higher
education which is lowest in the region as India has more than 10 per cent
access, Malaysia has around 28 per cent access while Korea has 80 per cent
access to higher education.
In Pakistan only one student among six
students gets the chance to avail higher education due to the absence of
education facilities in higher education sector. And it is worth mentioning here
the budget in the higher education sector has been witnessing the continuous
decline over the past few years, which shows the commitment of the government
towards the education sector. The news
"I think its easy for Dr Sohail Naqvi o send two C130 Aircrafts after 6 months rather than to adjust these medical students in Pakistani Universities. If merit in Pakistani Universities was high then now after completing one or two years of education, those students are at level of Pakistani University s students.Govt. can start evening classes in one or two medical colleges and that would be enough for them.I ask from Dr Naqvi,why they had gone to Kyrgyzstan? Just because Pakistan was unable to give them admission and do you think Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have more resources than Pakistan? How many dead bodies or Ali Razas will you collect after 6 months? And one thing more, why these students are studying there? Because they want to do jobs in UK, USA? No.They will return back and will serve their own nation. If they can leave their country, parents,relative and can go in -40C temperature for their country then country couldn't do anything for them now in this present situation? Kindly leave your policies of wait and see. Kindly think about your international repute. Now Pakistan is in this pitiable condition that he couldn't adjust his own sons and will beg before Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for their protection. Shame Shame"
Name: Ammar Younas
City, Country: Hafizabad
"There is this usual foul cry that the government doesn't care for Pakistanis and overseas Pakistanis are always crying that there are no facilities accorded to them by Pakistan government. Well our people's government has ensured the safety of over 200 students by making round flights to Bishkek and getting our citizens back home safely. Unfortunately, one Pakistani was killed in the rioting there and his body returned home as well. It may also be noted that last year, a Pakistani family was arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges of drug trafficking. After the real culprits were apprehended, the government successfully got the family back home - something which was unprecedented in the history of Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, they firstly behead you and then commiserate if it was a mistake. We must appreciate the good things that the government does. It was also heartening to see Shah Mahmood Qureshi receiving the Pakistanis and also shouldering the coffin of the deceased student."
Name: Mushtaq Ansari
City, Country: Lahore
"i would like to thanks to foreign ministry of pakistan for the evvacuationof our brothers from kyrgyzstan.but looking at the future of those students i`ll request to govt. of paksitan to adjust them in the universities of paksitan as it is too easy rather then collecting the bodies of students at airports.as conditions there are not suitable for those students to go and study there.a max of 5 seats in each medical college is required to accomodate these students in pakistan.which is very practical and very easy.the situations are not that these students cann`t adjust in the paksitan.as they are citizens of pakistan.they already studied in pakistan through their entire educational career.in short 5 seats on each college and 1 in each year will be far easy then receiving the bodies of students"
City, Country: Gujrat,pakistan
"geeee.pakistani students cann`t get admission in theis own country.how mean you people are?"
City, Country: france
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Students who completed studies in Krygystan to get degrees: Kaira
Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Tuesday that
arrangements would be made for award of degrees to those students who have
completed their studies in Krygyzstan.
Taking part in Radio
Pakistan's programme 'Nae Ufaq', he said the matter would be taken up with the
said the Higher Education Commission would also be asked to determine
equalization of degrees and transfer of credit hours of under-study students so
that they could continue their education in Pakistani
The Information Minister
said the situation in Kyrgyzstan was of concern to Pakistan especially because
it also affected Pakistani nationals there. He said the government and other
concerned agencies acted immediately and in unison to bring back stranded
Replying to a question
about gas pipeline from Iran, the Minister said unlike India which withdrew from
the project under international pressure, Pakistan pursued it in its national
He said Pakistan's
relations with Muslim countries or neighbours are not conditional with any power
but at the same time Pakistan cannot live in isolation and is interacting with
other countries as well.
Qamar Zaman Kaira said the
PPP government is the only one in the history of the country that did not take
dictation from abroad. He, however, said Pakistan is cooperating with the world
on issues like war on terror for the sake of its own interest and that of
regional and global peace. App
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Student recalls last days in Kyrgyzstan
Peshawar: A student returning from volatile Kyrgyzstan said on Tuesday the law
of the jungle prevailed in Osh city as mobsters were behaving like
Asif Sohrab, a student of the Osh Medical University in
Kyrgyzstan, was among the 134 Pakistani students who returned home via a C-130
plane from Kyrgyzstan. Moving scenes were witnessed when the student reached his
home in the populated Gulberg area in Peshawar Cantonment.
become almost impossible in Kyrgyzstan. The mobsters are killing each and every
one coming in their way," recalled Asif Sohrab, whose convoy of two buses was
brought to the airport in the security of tanks.
Like other students,
Asif was all praise for the Pakistani officials in Kyrgyzstan as well as Foreign
Ministry and media for providing immediate help to the stranded students. The
student recalled that a senior student approached all the Pakistani students to
collect their cellular phone numbers and addresses and later arranged for their
travelling to the airport amid strict security.
As many as 269
Pakistanis, studying at medical and engineering universities in different cities
of Kyrgyzstan, were stranded when the law and order situation took an ugly turn
in the wake of riots.
The students belonged to Peshawar, Charsadda,
Mardan, Dir and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as several towns of
Punjab, Karachi and Balochistan. Khizer Hayat, brother of another student from
Manga Dargai, Imtiaz, said they were in contact with their brother who was
stranded in his apartment and was going without food and water.
number of students had enrolled themselves in universities of Kyrgyzstan after
they were refused admission in local medical and engineering institutions. They
opted to obtain a degree from Kyrgyzstan instead of getting admission through
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List of 132 students on first flight
Islamabd: As many as 132 students and two children arrived here on Tuesday from
Kyrgyzstan through the first special flight at the Chaklala Air Base, National
Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Deputy Director (Operation) Maj Adil
The names and particulars of students are as
under: Sardar Wali from Chaman, Haji Samad from Chaman, Ihsan-ul-Haq from
Peshawar, Faizan Ullah from Gujranwala, Muhammad Adnan Khokhar (Rawalpindi),
Muhammad Waqas Chan (Attock), Muhammad Ajmal (Rawalpindi), Rafique Ahmed
(Sawabi), Asadullah Khan (Peshawar), Ajam Khan (Sawabi), Kashif Rasheed (Jhang),
Sajid Ullah (Peshawar), Aqil Ahmed (Peshawar), Almas Benjamin (Sialkot),
Waseem-ud-Din (Mardan), Muhammad Faheem Khan (Mardan), Kamran Afzal (Mardan),
Muhammad Farooq (Mardan), Muhammad Saif Ullah (Multan), Fazal Hameed (Swat),
Muhammad Asim (Multan), Inayat Ali (Mardan), Alamgir Khan (Peshawar), Zaheer
Aslam (Sialkot), Zareen Zenra (Islamabad), Mawash Zulfiqar (Islamabad), Anara
Shadykanova (Lahore), Sehrish Raza (Islamabad), Alina Aftab (Lahore), Nazia
(Gujranwala), Hina Yasmeen (Lahore), Shumazia (Gujranwala), Amina Tabish
(Faisalabad), Seemab Sharif (Lahore), Amina Ghaffar (Nawabshah), Lubna Ghaffar
(Nawabshah), Sumia (Karachi), Sehrish Nazir (Lahore), Anjaman Tahira (Sialkot),
Saiqa Naseer (Sialkot), Afshan Naseer (Sialkot), Iram Iqbal Sadia (Faisalabad),
Sumbal Saba (Multan), Naheed Javed (Islamabad), Asia Bukhari (Sialkot), Ambreen
Yousaf (Multan), Ansa Adeeba (Gujranwala), Zeeshan Faheem (Gujranwala), Javaid
Akhtar (Bahawalnagar), Muhammad Javed Kabir (Faisalabad), Asif Sohrab
(Peshawar), Zeeshan Shehzad (Multan), Hanif Khan (Mardan), Muhammad Furqan
(Lahore), Muhammad Atif Ahmed (Gujranwala), Muhammad Amir Ashiq (Sialkot),
Sohail Israr (Gujranwala), Haseeb Aslam (Rawalpindi), Ali Hassan Shah (Multan),
Fashan Ghaffar (Peshawar), Fazal Amin (Peshawar), Touqir Hussain (Muzzafargarh),
Imran Hussain (Multan), Muhammad Usman Naeem (Gujrat), Hassan Munir
(Gujranwala), Wajid Yaqoob (Bahawalpur), Khurram Shahzad (Gujranwala), Muhammad
Afzal (Sialkot), Waseem Abbas (Multan), Saqib Ishaq (Burewala), Muhammad Asif
(Mardan), Abdul Ali (Chaman), Haider Ali Khan (Mardan), Tassawwar Iqbal
(Gujrat), Daniyal Aftab (Lahore), Haroon Bhatti (Sialkot), Muhammad Bashir
(Sialkot), Abdul Hadi (Chaman), Abdul Kabir (Swat), Mushatab Sadiq (AJ&K),
Muhammad Awais (Gujrat), Jahangir Khan (Gujranwala), Ihsanullah (Peshawar),
Idrees Shah (Mardan), Muhammad Zohaib Aslam (Gujrat), Shaoib Ashraf
(Gujranwala), Abdur Rehman (Gujrat), Sohail Babar (Sialkot), Yasir Mumtaz (Mandi
Bahauddin), Asad Ullah Khan (Islamabad), Haji Zyad Akhtar (Lahore), Adil Mehboob
(Karachi), Sherbaz Khan (DG Khan), Yasir Ali (Sialkot), Ghulam Abbas (DG Khan),
Muhammad Ibrahim (Gujranwala), Shoaib Ahmed (Sialkot), Ahmed Ullah (Chaman),
Stephen Yousaf (Sialkot), Usman Sharif (Sialkot), Tanvir Ahmed Shakir (Toba Tek
Singh), Imran Shaukat (Karachi), Izhar Qazi (Peshawar), Kifayat Ullah (Karachi),
Abid Hussain Afridi (Peshawar), Kalim Ullah Khan (Multan), Usman Zaman (Gujrat),
Faisal Shah (Peshawar), Rizwan Ullah (Peshawar), Syed Kamran Haider Sherazi
(Karachi), Arfan Khan (Peshawar), Qasier Rahim (Peshawar), Muhammad Nasim
(Multan), Umair Waheed (Gujrat), Shah Jahan (Bahawalpur), Ahmed Ammar
(Faisalabad), Majid Khan (AJ&K), Nazim Farooq (Gujrat), Sajad Qaiser
(Gujrat), Kamran Awais Islam (Sheikhupura), Mir Ahmed Raza (Sialkot), Imran
Sadiq (Jhang), Zareef Muhammad (Quetta), Waqas Ahmed (Sialkot), Hazrat Ali
(Swat), Toqeer Muhammad (Gujranwala), Ihtisham Kashif (Sialkot), Sami Ullah
(Swat), Muhammad Zaheer Babar (AJ&K) and Awal Khan (Swat). The news
"Due to timely and effective action of the government 268 Pakistani students have been safely evacuated from Kyrgyzstan. First special flight of PAF-C130 carrying 134 Pakistani students and families landed at Chaklala Airbase early Tuesday morning. While the second special flight carrying 133 Pakistanis reached the Chaklala Airbase in the evening. The plane also brought back the body of a Pakistani student Ali Raza who was killed there in Kyrgyzstan's ethnic riots. The first flight was received by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira while the second flight was received by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. National Disaster Management Authority had arranged refreshment and transport at the airbase besides transit accommodation in hotels to facilitate the students hailing from far-flung areas. The evacuated students appreciated the government's efforts for their safe and prompt return and said "The way the government acted to bring back Pakistanis from violence hit Kyrgyzstan is really appreciable."Indeed, the government of Pakistan was the first one who made arrangements for safe return of its nationals from the Kyrgyzstan."
Name: Ali Ahmed
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
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