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Pakistan: US withdraws all non-essential government personnel from Lahore consulate

The United States has ordered all non-essential government personnel to leave its consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

A senior State Department official said the move was in response to a “credible threat” to the consulate.

US personnel remaining in Lahore should limit non-essential travel within the country, the official said.

On Thursday, the US reiterated a travel warning advising all US citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan.

US withdraws all non-essential government personnel from Lahore consulate

US withdraws all non-essential government personnel from Lahore consulate

“We are undertaking this drawdown due to concerns about credible threat information specific to the US Consulate in Lahore,” the official said.

“An updated travel warning has also been issued,” the official said, adding that “US citizens remaining in Lahore… should limit non-essential travel within the country, be aware of their surroundings whether in their residences or moving about, [and] make their own contingency emergency plans.”

The travel warning said: “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to US citizens throughout Pakistan.”

US officials say it is not clear when the consulate will open again.

The US closed 19 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa on Sunday in response to what it said was a threat of a terrorist attack.

The evacuation from Lahore was undertaken as a precaution and was not related to the closure of the other diplomatic missions, AP news agency reported, citing two unnamed US officials.

The Pakistani authorities have been holding the capital on a state of high alert, especially key Pakistan government installations.

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