Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Islamabad

(August 2, 2020)

Location: Peshawar, Pakistan

Event: Media reports indicate that there has been an increase in threats posted online against purported blasphemers and non-believers across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as in the Peshawar area since the July 29 murder of a U.S. citizen who had been imprisoned since 2018 on blasphemy charges.  U.S. citizens are reminded that sectarian violence remains a serious threat throughout Pakistan, and the Government of Pakistan continues to enforce blasphemy laws.  Religious minority communities have been victims of targeted killings and accusations of blasphemy.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid large crowds
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates


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

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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