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Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): Violent demonstrations against the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” took place for a second consecutive day in Islamabad on 20 September 2012, as protesters again attempted to reach the U.S. Embassy in the city’s diplomatic enclave. At least 1,000 people — predominately students — participated in the protest, fighting with security forces blocking them from the embassy. More than 10 injuries were reported. The recent protests contributed to the U.S. State Department’s decision to update its Travel Warning for Pakistan on 19 September; an excerpt of the warning can be found in the Government Warnings section below.
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): The U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for Pakistan on 19 September 2012, replacing the warning from 27 August. The warning is excerpted below; the full document may be found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5764.html. ”The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated August 27, 2012, to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan. ”Protests have taken place across Pakistan against the United States, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and NATO. There have also been widespread demonstrations and large political rallies condemning drone strikes, Pakistan’s ongoing energy crisis, and Pakistan’s July 3, 2012, decision to reopen NATO transit routes to Afghanistan. These protests and demonstrations are likely to continue. U.S. citizens in Pakistan are strongly urged to avoid protests and large gatherings. ”The presence of al-Qaida, Taliban elements, and indigenous militant sectarian groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan. Terrorists have attacked several civilian, government, and foreign targets. The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities to attack locations where U.S. citizens and Westerners are known to congregate or visit, such as shopping areas, hotels, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, schools, and outdoor recreation events. Terrorists have disguised themselves as Pakistani security personnel to gain access to targeted areas. Some media reports have falsely identified U.S. diplomats – and to a lesser extent U.S. and other Western journalists and non-governmental organization workers – as being intelligence operatives or private security personnel.