Pakistanis in Kyrgyzstan
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There is a small population of Pakistanis in Kyrgyzstan, primarily students pursuing medical degrees. Most Pakistanis are based in the capital city of Bishkek. There are 200 Pakistani students in Kyrgyz State Medical Academy alone. They have complained to the media about the poor treatment they face at the hands of local militsiya. During the 2010 South Kyrgyzstan riots, fifteen Pakistani students were taken hostage by militants in Osh, among whom one, a final-year engineering student named Ali Raza was killed. Another 263 were evacuated from the city. Students in unaffected areas were not evacuated and remained in the country. Later that year, Pakistani businessman Zahid Jan of ZTK Co. announced plans to invest in Jalal-Abad with the construction of a juice factory there.
Total population estimates vary. Kyrgyzstan's census (which records ethnicity, rather than citizenship) gives a line item for "ethnic groups of India and Pakistan" (народы Индии и Пакистана). This has fluctuated significantly over the decades, with 10 in the 1989 Soviet Census, 506 in the 1999 Census, and 41 in the 2009 Census. Kyrgyzstan's ambassador to Pakistan was quoted in a Pakistan Observer interview as stating that 2,000 Pakistanis studied in Kyrgyzstan at the time.
- Pak Observer: Kyrgyz envoy meets HEC Chief
- Kyrgyzstan envoy for strengthening cultural and social relations with Pak - Online News Pakistan
- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Бишкектеги пакистандык студенттерге милициянын мамилеси гана жакпайт
- "Plane lands in Osh to bring Pakistanis home", Pakistan Times, 2010-06-14, retrieved 2011-07-05
- "15 Pakistani students held hostage in Kyrgyzstan, one killed", People's Daily, 2010-06-13, retrieved 2011-07-05
- "Pakistani businessman to build natural juice factory in Jalal-Abad", AKIpress News Agency, 2010-12-08, retrieved 2011-07-05
- Population and Housing Census 2009. Book 2. Part 1. (in tables). Population of Kyrgyzstan. (Перепись населения и жилищного фонда Кыргызской Республики 2009. Книга 2. Часть 1. (в таблицах). Население Кыргызстана) (PDF), Bishkek: National Committee on Statistics, 2010