Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Karachi (Pakistan), Protests Affecting Karachi

PTI Karachi chapter will hold a rally from Insaf House Nursery to the Karachi Press Club via Shahrah-e-Faisal road. Police expect 2-3 thousand people to participate in today's rally. Shahrah-e-Faisal is the main artery that connects the city with the airport and some major parts of the city. Traffic congestion is expected since the time of the rally coincides with peak hours for traffic flow. Police will be in place to provide security for the rally.

We recommend that U.S. citizens establish and maintain vigilant personal security practices. Even protests and demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The American Mission to Pakistan urges U.S. citizens to avoid all areas where demonstrations and rallies are taking place, keep a low profile, and exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings. Take time to prepare yourself in order to maintain readiness to respond to a crisis.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council.