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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi (February 19, 2021)
February 19, 2021

Location:  Karachi, Sindh

Event:  The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (February 20 – March 7, 2021)

The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 6) will be held from February 20 to March 7 in Karachi at National Stadium. There will be heightened security arrangements made by police involving large inner-city deployments and pop-up road closures. Routes surrounding National Stadium are expected to be completely cordoned off.

Demonstrations, political rallies, sporting events, or large religious gatherings intended to be peaceful could possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large crowds of any kind gather.  U.S. Embassy and Consulate personnel are routinely instructed to avoid areas of any demonstration.  During demonstrations or periods of civil unrest, the Pakistani government has in the past disabled cellular telephone and internet services, making it difficult for individuals to contact each other or the U.S. Embassy or Consulates.

The Department of State reminds all U.S. citizens to be aware of their surroundings, particularly around public markets, restaurants, government and military institutions, and other locations that attract large gatherings.

Areas to avoid:

Hassan Square Flyover/Expo Center Turning (Sir Shah Suleman Road)

Karsaz (Shara-e-Faisal)

Millennium (Rashid Minhas Road)

New Town Chowrangi (University Road)

Actions to take:

Always have your identity documents on you

Monitor local media for updates

Avoid crowds

Avoid demonstrations

Keep a low profile

Notify friends and family of your safety and whereabouts

Be aware of your surroundings

Review your personal security plans