Sectarian violence expected to escalate in Karachi and Quetta, Pakistan

The call for vendettas by Sunni leadership against the Shi'ite minority is expected to lead to ever escalating violence between the two groups. A series of bombings has already killed almost 200 people in the city of Quetta since the beginning of the year. In Karachi, a series of murders have also fuelled animosities. Travellers should be aware that many countries advise their citizens to reconsider travelling to Pakistan at this time due to lack of personal security, terrorist attacks, drive-by shootings, and armed conflict. Travellers in conflicted regions should exercise extreme caution until tensions subside. In these situations, embassies, hotels, and markets are often targets of extremists.

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