ISLAMABAD : Australia on Thursday issued a travel advisory for its citizens against travelling to Pakistan, asking them to reconsider their travel plans in the wake of a volatile security situation across the country. “We strongly advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Pakistan at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, sectarian violence and the unpredictable security situation,” the advisory posted on the Australian Embassy’s website said.
The advisory said terrorist attacks can occur anywhere at any time in Pakistan. It added Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera and Quetta had recently been targeted.
“The recent attacks have focused on Pakistani government targets, particularly security and military personnel and institutions as well as worship places and religious sites,” it said.
The advisory asserted that security at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad had been strengthened, advising its staff and citizens to minimise their use of restaurants and international hotels as well as potential targets and places previously attacked.
The attack comes in the wake of military action and air strikes by Pakistan in North Waziristan tribal region.