Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom issued a warning on their citizen’s trip planning. The warning urged to the UK citizen to avoid Pakistan trip for any purpose, including visiting the areas located close to the border of Control. The Uk office, in an advisory, said that the foreigners may become the “soft targets” of the attacks especially in widely- populated regions like markets, restaurants and shopping malls.
The UK office alerted, “ protests can take place with little warning and turn violent quickly. You should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events throughout Pakistan. You should be extra vigilant at all times and minimize your exposure to areas that pose a higher risk”.
The UK office said that the ability of the British High Commission to deliver consular assistance, along with an emergency, may be controlled or delayed in the particular parts of Pakistan where the federal government does not permit to travel.
The advisory also remarked, “certain flight routes or airports continue to experience restrictions. You should check with your airline for the latest information on the status of your flight before traveling to the airport for any flight to and from Pakistan. ”
The statement said that most parts of Balochistan, rural Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are on the high alert level, including Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Agencies, Quetta and parts of Sindh have a high-level insurgency.
On the 10th of April, the US State Department found a new risk indicator for 35 countries, including Pakistan to communicate more clearly to American citizens the “ risks of kidnapping and hostage-taking ” by criminal and terrorist actors around the world.
The department informed in a statement, “the new “K” indicator is part of our ongoing commitment to providing clear and comprehensive travel safety information to US citizens so they can make informed travel decisions.
The State Department informed that the travel advisories are based on risk indicators such as crime, civil unrest, terrorism, health, natural disasters, and other potential risks.
The decision has been made following the increasing tensions between India and Pakistan in the outcome of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which snatched 40 Indian security personnel’s lives. The accountability of the attacks claimed by the Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed group.
In recent weeks, the northern regions of Pakistan have also experienced an emerging ratio of terror attacks claimed by the Taliban as well as Daesh.