The US Embassy warned visitors to Islamabad to expect disruption today, and again on Thursday and Saturday, as Pakistan prepares to celebrate Pakistan Day at the weekend. Security has been tightened, and visitors should plan for cellphone service to be suspended.

Official travel advice

From the US Embassy in Islamabad, published on the 18th March 2019 –

Event: Pakistan Day is a national public holiday held on March 23 to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of 1940.  Government operations, including a military parade, will significantly affect traffic in Islamabad during dress rehearsals scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (0800 hours to 1400 hours) and Thursday, March 21 (0800 hours to 1400 hours), and on the day of the parade, Saturday, March 23, 2019 (0800 hours to 1400 hours).  Expect extra police presence, traffic congestion, and the suspension of cellular service.

The following roads will be closed: Faisal Avenue, from Zero Point to Faizabad; Islamabad Express Way from Khana Bridge to Faizabad; Murree Road from Rawal Dam to Faizabad; Shakarparian Road to Best Western Picket.

The following roads will remain open:  Constitution Avenue, Jinnah Avenue, Margalla Road

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid closed roads
  • Avoid crowds
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.

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