US renews warning against travel to Pakistan
The United States has renewed a warning to its citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan, citing possibile terrorist attacks.india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 08:18 IST
The United States has renewed a warning to its citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan, citing possible terrorist attacks.
In issuing the travel warning, the US State Department said the Al-Qaeda and Taliban militant organisations groups as well other groups in Pakistan posed potential danger to American citizens.
It also cited continuing tensions in the Middle East, saying it increased the possibility of violence against Westerners in Pakistan.
"As security has tightened at official US facilities, terrorists and their sympathisers have demonstrated their willingness and capability to attack more vulnerable targets, including facilities where Americans are generally known to congregate or visit," the department said in a statement.
On March 2, a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives as a vehicle carrying an American Foreign Service officer passed by on its way to the US consulate in the southern port city of Karachi.
The diplomat, the consulate's locally-employed driver and three other people were killed in the blast and 52 others were wounded.
The US embassy in Islamabad and the consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar continue to operate at reduced staffing levels.
Family members of official Americans assigned to the embassy in Islamabad and to the three consulates were ordered to leave the country in March 2002 and have not been allowed to return.