State Department directs US citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Keeping in view the threat from militants groups in Pakistan, US Department of State has advised US nationals to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan, ARY News reported on Wednesday.

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US Department of State also replaced its Travel Warning dated August 8, 2014 and reminds US citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan.

As per travel warning, the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar will no longer offer consular services while the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore will remain temporarily closed for public services. However, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi will continue to provide consular services for all U.S. citizens in Pakistan.

In the fresh warning, department of state warns US citizens with the presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups that poses a danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan.

It said that terrorist attacks against civilian, government, and foreign targets occurred frequently in Pakistan. 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.

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