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U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Pakistan

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On August 27, 2012, the U.S. Department of State updated its travel warning for Pakistan due to ongoing security concerns.

Protests against the United States, NATO, and International Security Assistance Force across Pakistan. These demonstrations are potentially dangerous and are expected to continue. U.S. citizens are strongly urged to avoid such protests and gatherings.

Ongoing terrorist attacks targeting civilians and security personnel are a major cause of concern. Access to much of Pakistan, including the border, the Swat Valley in Khyber Paktunkhwa Province, and the area adjacent to the Line of Control is restricted for non-Pakistanis. Failure of U.S. citizens to comply with restructions can result in arrest and detention.

From the Department of State website:

“U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan have also been kidnapped for ransom or for personal reasons. Reported kidnappings include the June 2011 kidnapping of a U.S. citizen in Lahore while en route to his business.  The U.S. citizen was released after his family paid a ransom. In August 2011, a U.S. citizen in Lahore was kidnapped from his residence.  Al-Qaida later claimed responsibility and issued a list of demands in exchange for his release. Other incidents include the 2009 kidnapping of a U.S. citizen official of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Balochistan.  The kidnapping of Pakistani citizens and other foreign nationals, usually for ransom, continues to increase nationwide.

U.S. citizens seeking services from the U.S. Consulates General in Karachi and Peshawar might also encounter harassment from host government officials. Citing security concerns, host government intelligence officials frequently stop U.S. citizens outside the Consulates and obtain their personal information before allowing them to enter or as they are leaving.  U.S. citizens might later be visited at their homes or offices and questioned about the nature of their business in Pakistan and the purpose of their visit to the Consulate.”

For further information, visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Pakistan.