Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad (March 18, 2019)

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan

Event: Pakistan Day is a national public holiday held on March 23 to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of 1940.  Government operations, including a military parade, will significantly affect traffic in Islamabad during dress rehearsals scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (0800 hours to 1400 hours) and Thursday, March 21 (0800 hours to 1400 hours), and on the day of the parade, Saturday, March 23, 2019 (0800 hours to 1400 hours).  Expect extra police presence, traffic congestion, and the suspension of cellular service.

The following roads will be closed: Faisal Avenue, from Zero Point to Faizabad; Islamabad Express Way from Khana Bridge to Faizabad; Murree Road from Rawal Dam to Faizabad; Shakarparian Road to Best Western Picket.

The following roads will remain open:  Constitution Avenue, Jinnah Avenue, Margalla Road

Actions to Take:

Avoid closed roads

Avoid crowds

Be aware of your surroundings

Keep a low profile.

Monitor local media for 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 Peshawar

+(92) (91) 526 8800

State Department– Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Pakistan  Country Information

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