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Delay All Non-Essential Travel To Pakistan: United States Informs People

Washington: The United States today recommended its people to delay all non-essential travel to Pakistan, stating that foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continue to posture a threat to them throughout the country.The warning is available in the wake of increasing terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks, in Pakistan.

In a travel warning, provided after a space of seven months, the State Department warned the United States residents against all non-essential travel to the South Asian country.The fresh travel caution replaces earlier warning, released on Might 22.

Pakistan continues to experience substantial terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks, the State Department said, including that targeted attacks against government officials, humanitarian and non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers, tribal seniors, and law enforcement personnel were common in the country.It stated foreign and native terrorist groups continue to posture a risk to United States citizens throughout Pakistan.Terrorists have actually targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and evidence suggests they continue to do so, the travel caution said, including that terrorists and criminal groups have turned to kidnapping for ransom.Sectarian violence, the State Department said, stays a major danger throughout the nation, and the Pakistani federal government continues to enforce blasphemy laws.Religious minority neighborhoods have been victims of targeted killings and allegations of blasphemy, it added.The State Department said insurgent and terrorist groups carried out many suicide battles, hand grenade attacks, and ambushes on

Pakistani security forces and civilians over the previous 6 months in Balochistan.A suicide bomber in Quetta targeted senior policemans near Shuhada Chowk, eliminating 14 people and injuring 30. In Chaman, another suicide bomber assaulted a

authorities convoy, killing three authorities and injuring 20 others, it said while offering information of terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan and FATA.Two hand grenade attacks in Gwadar and Mastung hurt 41 people. In Quetta, a suicide bomber killed 21 people and wounded 45 in an attack on the Pishin bus terminal, the State Department said.Similarly, a suicide bomber in Jhal Magsi attacked worshippers at the Sufi shrine of Pir Rakhyal Shah in the Fatehpur area, eliminating 19 and injuring 30. Another suicide bomber in Quetta attacked a cops convoy on the Sibbi Roadway in the Saryab mill location, eliminating 7 and wounding 23, it said.In Punjab province, 3 suicide bombings targeting police and military authorities in Lahore killed at least 47 and injured more than 100 others.In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal areas (FATA ), there have countlessed recent attacks by insurgent and terrorist groups

targeting government authorities, NGO and aid workers, religious minorities, and civilians. Likewise 148 incidents of small arms fire, over 67 improvised explosive gadgets(IED )explosions, 28 recognized assassination attempts, and 17 kidnappings were reported, the State Department said.Assassination and kidnapping attempts are typical throughout these locations, it added.The Department said terrorist organisations running in the area have not discriminated between government authorities and civilians.Since May 2017, the following significant attacks have occurred: in Parachinar, an IED targeting the Tori Market killed 67 civilians and injured 75; in Jamrud, an IED attack targeting peace

committee workers eliminated a minimum of 5 civilians; in Charsadda, at least 5 IEDs exploded, hurting 14 people; IEDs targeting Peshawar Medical facility hurt five people; and in Peshawar the detonation of a”toy bomb”eliminated one child and injured six persons, it said.( Except for the headline, this story has not been modified by NDTV staff and is released from a syndicated feed.)

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