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Australia issues travel warning against Pakistan
Publication Date : 05-06-2014
The Australian government on Wednesday issued a travel advisory for its citizens who intend to travel to Pakistan, asking them to reconsider their travel plans following a volatile security situation across Pakistan.
“We strongly advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Pakistan at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, sectarian violence and the unpredictable security situation,” said the travel advisory also posted on the Australian embassy’s website.
The advisory said terrorist attacks can occur anywhere at any time in Pakistan, and pointed out Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, and Quetta as cities which have recently been targeted.
“Recent attacks have focused on Pakistani government targets, particularly security and military personnel and institutions, as well as places of worship and religious sites,” it said.
It also said that security at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad has been strengthened, and advised Australian staff and citizens to “minimise their use of restaurants and international hotels”, as well as potential targets and places previously attacked.
The advisory comes after a suspected suicide bomber killed five people, including two military officers, traveling near Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city. The attack comes in the wake of military action and airstrikes by Pakistan in North Waziristan tribal region.