US stops consular services at Peshawar mission, issues travel warning

Published: February 25, 2015
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In fresh travel advisories issued on Tuesday, the US government said that two of its four missions in Pakistan were currently closed for consular services including Peshawar and in Lahore.

The US Embassy said in a statement, US Consulate General Lahore and US Consulate General Peshawar are open but have a limited operational status, which does not include provision of consular services, as has been the case for some time.”

“US Consulate General Karachi continues to provide full consular services, as does the US Embassy in Islamabad,” it added.

The US Department of State routinely issues updates to travel warnings for countries around the world.

As the Department of State warns US citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan, it also replaced its Travel Warning dated August 8, 2014 and reminds US citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan.

Read: Terror threat: US orders non-essential staff out of Lahore consulate

The warning added that the consulate in Peshawar will no longer offer consular services.

However, the Embassy in Islamabad and the consulate in Karachi will continue to provide services for all US citizens in Pakistan. It urged all those US citizens, who remain in the country despite the warnings, to remain in touch with these two missions.

US officials in Islamabad were instructed to limit the frequency of their travel and minimise duration of trips to public markets, restaurants, and other locations.

It highlighted the threat to US citizens and Westerners who are prone to be targeted by terrorists groups in addition to attacks on APS, Wagah and Karachi airport.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Pakhtun
    Feb 25, 2015 - 7:04AM

    the consular office in Peshawar needs to be permanently closed. It is a hazard to peshawarites and cause of inconvinience to commuters.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Feb 25, 2015 - 8:50AM

    Probably it wasn’t providing much of a councelor service anyways. Now to close the sub branch at University Town, which is a hazrard to the citizens living there besides being a nuisance for blocking a public road.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Feb 25, 2015 - 9:59AM

    Ya build all the underground tunnels you want …. huhRecommend

  • Feb 25, 2015 - 10:31AM

    Who exactly are the people Peshawar consulate is actually “counselling” instead they cause constant traffic grid locks and a serious threat to safety of PeshawarRecommend

  • salman
    Feb 25, 2015 - 10:39AM

    US planning something with TTP ?Recommend

  • Cynic Waheed
    Feb 25, 2015 - 2:19PM

    Yes please wind down the whole mission completely please. Its more for spying than anything else.. Sooner you go, peace will return! Thanks.

    Now eagerly awaiting some reply from US Cent Com, Brig Ali or something telling us how crucial our parternership is and what not! :P Dont need it! Recommend

  • shabana khan
    Feb 25, 2015 - 9:38PM

    It is for information of all that American made their center in police hospital Peshawar given them underground basement of hospital with the permission of IK and NS. The place is very near to Peshawar prison where Dr shakil Afridi is present as prisoner. The US citizen are freely roaming in hospital They also install more than 20 moving cctv cameras on top of 4 floor Hospital Not only the monitoring the prison but every roads near prison 24 hourly by US persons. It look like they want to free shakil from prison very soon that’s why the US government issue the warning Recommend

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