Washington: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel plans of travelling to Pakistan, especially its restive states, in the wake of incidents of terrorism and sectarian violence. The US State Department, in a travel advisory, urged its citizens not to travel to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including Balochistan and the former Union Territory of Tribal Areas, due to incidents of terrorism and kidnapping.
In a ‘Level 3’ advisory, the US said that due to terrorism and sectarian violence, reconsider your visit to Pakistan. A ‘Level-3’ travel alert is issued when long-term or serious conditions pose a risk to passengers and tourists and when non-essential travel is considered necessary.
Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism
In a new advisory issued on Friday, US asked its travellers to avoid going to union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.
“Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and government facilities,”the State Department issued the advisory.
Canada issues advisory on border areas of Indian Punjab
Canada has recently advised its citizens to avoid travelling to the border areas of the Indian states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, which share a border with Pakistan. The advisory said that the level of tension between India and Pakistan may suddenly change.