Protesters clash with police in Islamabad, Pakistan

Today thousands of additional forces are being deployed to Islamabad as protesters are not leaving the area outside the prime minister’s residence. On Saturday, about 25,000 anti-government protesters attempted to storm the official residence, and police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Clashes overnight left 3 dead and at least 300 injured, including women and children.

Travellers should be aware that the protests and violence is expected to continue, and there is concern that civil unrest could spread to other cities. Some countries are recommending that travel to Pakistan be postponed due to the unstable security situation at this time. Sitata reminds travellers to minimize safety risk by avoiding public and political gatherings and demonstrations in any city since even peaceful protests can unexpectedly become violent.

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