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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Karachi (Pakistan), Large Shia Procession on July 31 in Karachi

South Central Asia > Pakistan > Karachi

This message alerts U.S. citizens that the Shia Community will hold a large procession in observance of “Yom-e-Ali,” Wednesday, July 31 in Karachi.  The procession will start about 11:00 a.m. near Nishtar Park, and end about 7:30 p.m. at Imam Bargah Hussainiya Iranian in Kharadar.  
Due to the large number of expected participants, the U.S. Consulate in Karachi recommends that U.S. citizens remain vigilant of their surroundings at all times and carry appropriate identity documents when moving through the city, as there may be increased numbers of police checkpoints.  It is also possible that cell phone connections will be disrupted throughout the day. 

Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of the procession, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Pakistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Pakistan Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Pakistan. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebookand download our freeSmart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.,

To view emergency services to U.S. citizens in the different consular districts, please click on the links below:

Islamabad: http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pakistan/citizen_services/warden.html

Karachi: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/acs_emergency_servcies.html

Lahore: http://lahore.usconsulate.gov/lahore/citizen_services.html

Peshawar: http://peshawar.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services.html 

Contact Information follows for all U.S. Mission to Pakistan Posts:

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5; telephone (92-51) 208-0000; Consular Section telephone (92-51) 208-2700; fax (92-51) 282-2632; e-mail address: ACSIslamabad@state.gov.

U.S. Consulate General Karachi, located at Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, provides services to U.S. citizens by appointment only. Services can be scheduled by calling (92-21) 3527-5000 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; fax (92-21) 3527-5885; website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/; email: acskarachi@state.gov.

The U.S. Consulate General in Lahore is located at 50-Sharah-E-Abdul Hameed Bin Badees, (Old Empress Road) near Shimla Hill Rotary; telephone (92-42) 3603-4000 or 3603-4250; fax (92-42) 3603-4200;  e-mail address: acslahore@state.gov.

The U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar; telephone (92-91) 526-8800; fax (92-91) 527-6712.