Saudi government mulling visa process change in Pakistan

Four terrorists shot dead a Saudi Consulate worker in Pakistan while he was on his way to office in his car on Monday morning.

Updated: May 17, 2011, 15:56 PM IST

Karachi: The Saudi government is considering changing its visa procedure in Pakistan following the death of a Saudi Consulate employee in a terrorist attack in Karachi on Monday.

Four terrorists shot dead a Saudi Consulate worker while he was on his way to office in his car on Monday morning. Earlier on May 11, two armed terrorists had lobbed two hand grenades at the Saudi Consulate, however, there were no casualties in that attack.

The Saudi government is considering changing the visa procedure to restrict visitors at the consulate, The News reports.

The Saudi Consulate has made initial contacts with three courier services in Karachi in this connection, said the report.

Presently, visa seekers of Haj and Umrah visit the consulate and apply for a visa, but under the changed procedure, the courier staff will collect the visa applications.

Moreover, a vigilance force has been deployed around the consulate, and the residences of the Saudi diplomats have also been put under high security.

The law enforcement agencies have also told the Saudi diplomats to keep their movements restricted and avoid attending social gatherings.

ANI