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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan (May 20, 2021)
May 20, 2021

Location:  Islamabad

Event:  Local media report political rallies and large gatherings scheduled in Islamabad for the afternoon of Friday, May 21.  Protesters will hold a rally beginning at Centaurus Mall at 3:00 p.m.  The destination of the rally will be D-Chowk.

Additional demonstrations can occur daily and without advanced warning.  Large public protests may result in traffic delays, street closures, increased police presence, and disruption of cell phone networks.  Demonstrations, political rallies, sporting events, or large religious gatherings intended to be peaceful can sometimes become violent.  During demonstrations or periods of civil unrest, the Pakistani government may disable cellular telephone and internet service, making it difficult for individuals to contact each other or the U.S. Embassy or Consulates.  U.S. Embassy and Consulate personnel are routinely instructed to avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to avoid large gatherings, unnecessary travel, and remain vigilant of their surroundings.

Actions to Take:

  1. Avoid crowds.
  2. Avoid demonstrations.
  3. Keep a low profile.
  4. Review your personal security plans.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings.
  6. Monitor local media for updates.
  7. 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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