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Pakistan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 13, 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.

In neighboring Afghanistan, U.S. forces are engaged in military action against the remnants of the former Taliban regime and the terrorist al-Qaida network, including international terrorist Usama bin Laden.

While the Government of Pakistan has expressed its full support for the international campaign against terrorism, some public sympathy and support for the former Taliban regime, as well as for bin Laden, still exist in Pakistan, and the presence of indigenous sectarian and militant groups in Pakistan requires 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.

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 on September 17. In addition, on September 25, all American employees at the U.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, requests for non-emergency American citizens services should be directed to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. 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 considering travel in the region are advised to be mindful of the reduced staffing levels of the U.S. Mission in Pakistan and the resultant decrease in its ability to provide services.

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.

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, 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.

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