Islamabad, 9 May 2023 (TDI): The British Acting High Commissioner in Pakistan, Andrew Dalgleish, has announced the update of travel advice for UK nationals in light of the recent arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.
The arrest of a former Prime Minister in Pakistan has raised concerns about potential political unrest and demonstrations. In response to these developments, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.
The government of the United Kingdom is urging UK nationals already in Pakistan or considering traveling to the country to review the updated foreign travel advisory, which includes essential information regarding political rallies and protests.
The federal police have implemented Section 144 in the capital city of Islamabad in response to Khan’s arrest, which prohibits public meetings or demonstrations.
The advisory recommends individuals remain cautious and informed due to the potential for political rallies and protests, which may lead to disruptions and possible violence. During such events, tear gas can be used to disperse crowds. The travel advice stresses avoiding political rallies, public, and protests.
Additionally, it suggests that people exercise caution, keep up with the most recent happenings through social media and local news sources, and follow any instructions given by tour operators and local authorities.
According to the travel advice, UK individuals must prioritize their safety and security in Pakistan because of the current circumstances. If individuals find themselves near protests, it is strongly advised to immediately move away from the area and seek a safe place.
The travel advisory also directs individuals to refer to the Safety and Security guidelines for comprehensive information.
The UK government remains committed to the welfare of its citizens and will continue to monitor Pakistan’s situation closely. The updated travel advice aims to ensure that UK nationals are well-informed about the potential risks and take necessary precautions during their stay there.