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UK issues travel advisory against travelling to Lahore

Last Updated: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 23:40

Islamabad: The British government on Thursday
advised its citizens not to travel to the eastern Pakistani
city of Lahore, which has been hit by a string of terrorist
attacks, unless it was essential.

"Our travel advice to Pakistan has changed. Lahore is
now included among those areas to which we advise against all
but essential travel," said a statement posted on the British
High Commission`s website.
The statement said change in travel advice "follows a
recent increase in terrorist attacks in Lahore."

Staff of the British High Commission in Islamabad and
the Deputy High Commission in Karachi to were "restricted from
travelling to Lahore for all but essential reasons."

"There is a high threat from terrorism and sectarian
violence throughout the country. Events across the country
show that terrorist attacks are continuing.

Statements issued by militant groups have threatened
more attacks in the coming weeks," the statement said.

The government advised British nationals considering a
visit to Pakistan to consult the Foreign Office?s Pakistan
travel advice before they travel.
A total of 100 people were killed in recent terrorist
attacks on two mosques of the minority Ahmedi sect and a
hospital in Lahore.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said militant
groups based in south Punjab have joined hands with the
Taliban and Al Qaida to destabilise Pakistan.


First Published: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 23:40
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