ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON DC – US Government is concerned with security threats to its people in Pakistan as it not only reminds its citizens to avoid non-essential visits to Pakistan but also ‘temporarily closed’ its consulates in Lahore and Peshawar.
In a latest travel advisory US embassy issued a statement, this travel guide states “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan. Across the country, terrorist attacks frequently occur against civilian, government, and foreign targets.”
It further argues that “Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities to attack locations where U.S. citizens and Westerners are known to congregate or visit. Terrorists and criminal groups regularly resort to kidnapping for ransom.”
It declared the temporarily shutting down of its consulates “The U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar no longer offers consular services and the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore remains temporarily closed for public services.”
However, the Embassy in Islamabad and the consulate in Karachi will continue to provide services for all US citizens in Pakistan. It urged all those US citizens, who remain in the country despite the warnings, to remain in touch with these two missions.
The statement recalls the attacks on APS Peshawar “There have been many terrorist attacks in recent years targeting civilians and security personnel.”
“On December 16, 2014, armed militants wearing paramilitary uniforms and suicide vests attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar, killing at least 140, mostly children. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility,” it states.
Attack on Wahga border, Karachi Naval Dockyard and other heavily armed installations were also reminded in the travel guide.
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