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Pakistan imposes ‘Reciprocal’ travel restrictions on US diplomats

Pakistan imposes ‘Reciprocal’ travel restrictions on US diplomats
May 11, 2018

PESHAWAR: In a tit for tat move, Pakistan says it will also impose “reciprocal” travel restrictions on the US diplomats stationed across the country.

In a letter addressed to the Embassy of the US, a copy of which is available with TNN, the Foreign Office (FO) said the decision has been taken in the aftermath of the recent State Department decision to introduce a new travel regime for Pakistani diplomats and their dependents. It said Pakistan will also impose reciprocal restrictions which will be effective from today (Friday).

The FO listed following measures in the statement:

  1. Introducing a similar travel permission regime for the US Embassy/Consulate staff in Pakistan.
  2. Treating US diplomatic cargo at Pakistani airports and ports strictly in accordance with the provisions of Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (which does not provide for an exemption from scanning).
  3. Implementing strictly the rules (already shared with the Embassy on 27 April 2018) governing interaction between Pakistan government officials and foreign diplomats.

The FO also announced to withdraw facilities being extended to the US Embassy/Consulates, including:

  1. Use of tinted glass on official vehicles and rented transport.
  2. Use of non-diplomatic number plates on official vehicles.
  3. Use of diplomatic number plates on unspecified/rented vehicles.
  4. Use of biometrically unverified/unregistered cell phone SIMs.
  5. Hiring or shifting of rented properties without prior NOC.
  6. Installing radio communication at residences and safe houses without prior NOC.
  7. Overshooting visa validity periods and having multiple passports.

The limitations on the movement of Pakistani diplomats and their families in the US are also going to in effect from today (Friday).

From today, Pakistani diplomatic staff and their families would need permission at least five days in advance if they need to travel outside of the imposed 25 miles radius.

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