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Pakistan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 25, 2001

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety before deciding to travel to Pakistan and whether to remain in Pakistan.

The September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and possible responses in Afghanistan heighten the need for vigilance on the part of American citizens resident in or traveling through Pakistan.

In neighboring Afghanistan, the Taliban authorities, which control at least 90 percent of Afghanistan, continue to harbor international terrorist Usama bin Laden and members of his terrorist network. While the Government of Pakistan has expressed its full support for the international campaign against terrorism, some public sympathy and support for the Taliban, as well as for bin Laden, exist in Pakistan, and the presence of indigenous sectarian and militant groups in Pakistan require that all Americans in or traveling through Pakistan take appropriate steps to maintain their security awareness. Events in the Middle East also increase the possibility of violence.

As a result of these concerns, on September 17, the Department authorized the departure of all U.S. Embassy and Consulate personnel in non-emergency positions and family members at our missions in Pakistan. In addition, as of Tuesday, September 25, all American employees at theU.S. Consulate in Lahore departed Lahore. While emergency American citizens services will be provided to the extent possible by remaining Consulate Lahore foreign national staff, request for non-emergency American citizens services should be directed to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad in light of rising tensions in Peshawar. Further, the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar has temporarily located some U.S. employees to Islamabad in light of rising tensions in Peshawar. U.S. citizens are advised to consider U.S. Mission reduced staffing levels at these posts and the resultant decrease in the services they are asked to provide while considering travel in the region.

All American citizens in Pakistan are urged to consider their personal security situations and to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well being, including consideration of departure from the country. Consulates in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad remain available for emergency services to American citizens on a limited basis. However, from time to time, the missions in Pakistan have and will continue to temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary to review their security posture and ensure its adequacy.

Americans who despite this warning reside in or visit Pakistan should exercise maximum caution and take prudent measures. This includes maintaining a strong security posture by being aware of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, varying times and routes and notifying the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in case of any change in the local security situation.

The U.S. Embassy also urges all American citizens to defer travel to the tribal areas of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province until further notice. The Government of Pakistan requires all citizens of countries other than Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain permission from the Home and Tribal Affairs Department prior to visiting these tribal areas which lie outside the normal jurisdiction of the Government of Pakistan.

U.S. citizens in Pakistan are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information at the American Embassy in Islamabad, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, or the Consulate in Peshawar at the following addresses:

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, telephone (92-51) 2080-0000; consular section telephone (92-51) 2080-2700, fax (92-51) 822-632.

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi is located at 8 Abdullah Haroon Road, telephone (92-21) 568-5170 (after hours: 92-21-568-1606), fax (92-21) 568-0496.

The U.S. Consulate in Lahore is located on 50-Empress Road near Shimla Road or Sharah-E-Abdul Hamid Bin Badees, (Old Empress Road), telephone (92-42) 636-5530 during regular working hours for emergency services to American citizens, fax (92-42) 636-5177.

The U.S. Consulate in Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar, telephone (92-91) 279-801 through 803, fax (92-91) 276-712.

For further general information regarding travel to Pakistan, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Pakistan, available via the Internet at

This supersedes the Travel Warning for Pakistan dated September 17, 2001, to alert Americans to the changes in services provided by the U.S. Consulate in Lahore and to periodic post closures in Pakistan for review of their security postures.

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