Government imposes ban on diplomats’ travel in country
By: Tahir Khalil
ISLAMABAD: The federal government has imposed a ban on the travel of foreign diplomats inside the country without permission, in view of increasing dangers of terrorism.
Sources in the Interior Ministry said diplomats would have to seek permission from the Foreign Affairs Ministry before going to any area of Pakistan. On the advice of the Interior Ministry, diplomats, residing in Islamabad, were suggested not to visit Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The sources said applications of 29 diplomats to visit Quetta were rejected by the Foreign Affairs Ministry because they could not provide suitable justification to visit the city.
In the same way, the Foreign Affairs Ministry also turned down the request of three other diplomats to visit Gilgit-Baltistan.
The ministry has also imposed a ban on the travel of diplomats posted to consulates in Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore without prior permission.