Karachi, July 26: Soon after Lahore blast, the United States Consulate General in Karachi has temporarily canceled all official and unofficial travel of U.S. government personnel traveling to and from Jinnah International Airport Karachi (KHI) until further notice.
Notably, the United States Consulate General in Karachi on Tuesday released a press statement and said it has temporarily canceled all official and unofficial travel of U.S. government personnel traveling to and from Jinnah International Airport Karachi (KHI) until further notice as the risk for violence at or near this location is elevated at this time.
However, the warning came following intelligence reports that terrorists intend to hit the Jinnah International Airport. The consulate urged the US citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. “US citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan and a Worldwide Caution,” the advisory said.
“U.S. Consulate Karachi reminds those U.S. citizens considering travel to or remaining in Pakistan despite this warning to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP, keep a trusted friend informed of your movements in country, maintain vigilant situational awareness, avoid large crowds, keep a low profile, and avoid visiting locations frequented by Westerners,” it said.
Official U.S. Mission personnel and visitors are not allowed to use public transportation in Pakistan and are not authorized to stay overnight in hotels in Pakistan. U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling in the country, keeping in mind the high-security threat level.
“Travelers are urged to vary their times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan and to avoid travel patterns to any such locations that might allow other persons to predict when and where they will be. U.S. citizens are further advised to verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid and accessible at all times.”
Importantly, the move of US consulate general comes a day after 26 people killed and 58 others injured in a blast that hit a fruit and vegetable market in Lahore. It was a suicide attack and target was police as six policemen included among wounded.