Authorities are warning about potential terror attacks on Tuesday, as Pakistan celebrates Independence Day. Make sure you remain aware of your surroundings, avoid large crowds and monitor the media.
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
On 14 August Pakistan celebrates Independence Day. Large public celebrations are expected on and around this date. Terrorists have attacked large gatherings in Pakistan in the recent past. National and provincial elections took place on 25 July 2018. Terrorist attacks on political rallies in the run-up, and on polling stations on election day, killed over 200 people. It’s possible that there may be further violence in the aftermath of the polls. You should remain vigilant and avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout the country, including the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. You should be vigilant, avoid all crowds, public events, political gatherings, religious processions and sporting events, and take appropriate security precautions.
Foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. Densely populated unsecured areas, such as markets, shopping malls, restaurants and places where westerners and the Pakistani elite are known to congregate, are potential focal points for attacks. You should be extra vigilant at all times and minimize your exposure to areas that pose a higher risk.
Security forces in Pakistan remain on high alert following previous attacks. Alert levels in major cities can fluctuate, and travellers should monitor local media. There may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice. See Terrorism
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/pakistan
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