The United States on Friday advised its citizens to postpone all their unnecessary travel to Pakistan, citing the significant increase in terror activities in the nation.
"The Department of State warns US citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan," a formal travel advisory stated. Nevertheless, the United States Consulate General in Karachi and the United States Embassy in Islamabad continue to offer consular services for all its nationals in Pakistan.
The Consulate General in Peshawar does not offer consular services anymore, and consular services at the Consulate General in Lahore are provisionally suspended. "The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continues to pose a danger to US citizens throughout Pakistan," read the travel advisory mentioning that across the nation, terrorist activities regularly occur against foreign, government and civilian targets.
Terrorist attacks range from targeted kidnappings and killings, to violent assaults against profoundly safeguarded facilities, including Pakistani armed forces airports and installations.
The administration of Pakistan continues to believe that the heightened security procedures, mostly in the most important cities, and these procedures may change from day to day. Threat reporting reveals that terrorist groups continue to find chances to attack regions where United States citizens and other Westerners are known to assemble or visit, the statement said.