Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General – Karachi

Location:  Karachi, Sindh

Event:  The U.S. Consulate General advises U.S. citizens that on Thursday, October 8, Shia Muslims will observe Chehlum which includes numerous processions.  The largest procession is expected to involve 15,000 to 20,000 participants.  We also expect about 100 smaller processions and 460 majalis (gatherings) throughout Karachi.  In past years, these processions and gatherings have been targets of sectarian violence.  It is likely that the government will impose additional temporary security measures on October 8, including the suspension of cell phone service in parts of the city.  U.S. government personnel have been instructed to limit all travel to mission-critical activities during the times of the processions.

Actions to Take:

  • Always have your identity documents on you
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Review your personal security plans


U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
+(92)(51) 201-4000

U.S. Consulate General Karachi
+(92)(21) 3527 5000

U.S. Consulate General Lahore
+(92) (42) 3603 4000

U.S. Consulate General Peshawar
+(92) (91) 526 8800

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