ISLAMABAD: Following media reports that the Pakistan government had imposed travel restrictions on US diplomats, the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has clarified that the restrictions are not US-specific and are general guidelines regarding travel for Pakistan-based diplomats.
In a statement posted on their website, the Ministry said:
“In response to a question regarding travel curbs on US diplomats, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that no US-specific restrictions have been applied. However, there are general guidelines regarding travel of Pakistan-based diplomats, designed only to ensure their safety and security, which have existed for a long time.
Pakistan is fully mindful of its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
The Foreign Ministry is having a constructive engagement with the US Embassy in Islamabad in this regard.”
Relations between Pakistan and US have deteriorated over the past months and a number of US diplomats, along with other foreign visitors have been turned back from places like Peshawar, having been deemed to dangerous for visitors.