New travel warnings have been issued by the US, UK, and Canada for their citizens due to political unrest following the arrest of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. A travel warning has been issued by the US Embassy for US citizens in Pakistan.
The latest advisory issued by the US Embassy said: “The US Embassy is monitoring earlier reports of clashes between demonstrators and police in Islamabad and also sporadic demonstrations underway or being planned elsewhere throughout Pakistan.”
Consular appointments scheduled for May 10 have been cancelled by the US Embassy in Islamabad because of “political traffic disruptions and restrictions.” According to local media reports, US citizens have been advised to exercise increased caution and steer clear of crowded areas.
The US Embassy advised people to review their personal security plans, carry identification, comply with police requests, be aware of their surroundings, and keep an eye on local media for updates.
The UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advised its citizens to stay away from all political protests, crowded places, and public gatherings and to be ready to alter their plans as needed.
The UK FCDO urged people to follow regional news sources. UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office stated: “Public demonstrations are common in Pakistan. You should keep track of the local news. Protests can occur with little warning and while most remain peaceful, they can turn violent and escalate quickly.”
Due to the “unpredictable security situation,” the Canadian government has urged its citizens and diplomatic staff to travel to Pakistan with extreme caution.
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