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UK issues fresh travel advisory for its citizens in Pakistan

07:59 PM | 11 Jan, 2024
UK issues fresh travel advisory for its citizens in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom has issued a revised travel advisory for Pakistan, strongly cautioning against all travel to specific regions within the country. 

The advisory particularly discourages travel within 10 miles of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border due to safety concerns.

The FCDO also highlights other regions deemed unsafe for travel, including various areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Specific provinces and regions are listed along with detailed areas within them that are advised against for travel.

Here is a breakdown of the unsafe areas according to the advisory:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Bajaur, Bannu, Buner, Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber, Kohat, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Lower Dir, Mohmand Orakzai, Peshawar, Swat, Tank, North Waziristan, Upper South Waziristan, Lower South Waziristan.

Karakoram Highway between Mansehra and Chilas via Battagram, Besham City, Dasu, and Sazin up to the junction with the N15.

N45 Highway, from the north of the Mardan ring road to the edge of Chitral City.

Balochistan: The FCDO advises against all travel to Balochistan province, except for essential travel to the southern coast of Balochistan, including the area south of (and including) the N10 motorway and the section of the N25 from the N10/N25 intersection to the Balochistan-Sindh border, including the port city of Gwadar.

AJK: The FCDO advises against all travel within 10 miles of the Line of Control (LOC), the military control line between AJK and the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Sindh: FCDO advises against all but essential travel to all areas of Sindh Province north of and including the city of Nawabshah.

The advisory also underscores the potential invalidation of travel insurance for UK citizens if they disregard the provided advice. The increased caution is attributed to the rise in terror-related incidents in Pakistan since the Taliban-led administration assumed control in Afghanistan in 2021. 

In 2023, there were 586 reported terror attacks, with 17% attributed to banned groups like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Daesh, and others. 

The report also mentions security forces conducting 197 operations against outlaws, resulting in 537-545 fatalities. 

The Annual Security Report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) reported 1,524 deaths and 1,463 injuries in the preceding year.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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