Foreign Ministry clarifies travel curbs on Pakistan based diplomats

MoFA clarifies that restrictions are non-US specific general guidelines for travel of Pakistan-based diplomats.


Express July 30, 2011

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.

 

COMMENTS (6)

Dallas Ali | 10 years ago | Reply

Pakistan needs to abide by Vienna Convention.

The Govt is embarrassed after the Abbotabad raid, followed by PNS Mehran raid and now is venting out in undiplomatic ways to save face. These restrictions will backfire Pakistan.

It is a classic case of biting the hand that feeds it.

guest-worker | 10 years ago | Reply

@Engbard Rostenfidge:

No sir you never cut off nothing except your own inflated salaries..

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