Situation in Pakistan has further worsened following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday. The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have issued a new travel advisory for their citizens and embassy staff due to political turmoil in Pakistan after the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
What US said in advisory ?
The latest advisory issued by the US Embassy said, “The U.S. Embassy is monitoring earlier reports of clashes between demonstrators and police in Islamabad and also sporadic demonstrations underway or being planned elsewhere throughout Pakistan.”
The US Embassy in Islamabad has postponed consular appointments scheduled for May 10 due to “political traffic disruptions and restrictions.” US citizens have been advised to be extra cautious and stay away from areas with significant gatherings.
Reacting to Imran Khan’s arrest, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the United States does not have a stance on one political candidate or party and called for respect for democratic principles.
Britain advises to stay prepared
Meanwhile, The UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has recommended their citizens to avoid political demonstrations, crowded public areas, and events and remain flexible in their plans. The FCDO has also advised staying informed of local news updates.
UK FCDO stated, “Public demonstrations are common in Pakistan. You should keep track of the local news. Protests can occur with little warning and while most remain peaceful, they can turn violent and escalate quickly.”
What Canada government said ?
Meanwhile, the Canadian government asked its citizens and diplomatic staff to exercise a high degree of caution in Pakistan due to the “unpredictable security situation.” It further said, “There is a threat of terrorism, civil unrest, sectarian violence and kidnapping.”