Event: Large protests by various opposition groups are expected to converge on Islamabad on Tuesday, October 29. This may cause disruptions throughout the city. Although the protest groups and the government have been negotiating, the protesters plan to stay in Islamabad for an extended period, and violence between protesters and police remains a possibility. Similar protests may also occur elsewhere in Pakistan at the same time. The U.S. Embassy is also aware of a large gathering that will occur in Sukkur on October 27, where marchers are expected to rally and then move toward Islamabad.
The duration and intensity of these demonstrations are unknown at this time. Demonstrations can often increase in size and turn violent with little warning. Past demonstrations have resulted in altercations among protesters to which police have responded. Expect heavy police presence to maintain public safety, blocked and/or heavily congested roadways, possible cellular service disruption, and delays at security checkpoints.
Actions to take:
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Avoid crowds.
- Keep a low profile.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
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