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US Embassy Issues Security Alert After Violent Protests Rock Capital City

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The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan alerted Americans to remain vigilant after the Pakistani government’s May 9 arrest of the country’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan sparked violence in Islamabad.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad suspended all consular activities for the rest of the week on May 10 and warned Americans to stay alert. In the same alert, the embassy restricted the movement of staff and warned Americans to prepare for contingency communications if cellphone service is disrupted, according to the Department of State. (RELATED: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Arrested)

Khan’s arrest prompted his supporters to attack government buildings and destroy police vehicles, according to Reuters. Pakistani police forces arrested hundreds of supporters and shut down social media and mobile communications in an attempt to restore order, according to Reuters

Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau arrested Khan on several charges, including corruption, according to The Associated Press. Khan is currently in custody, according to Reuters.

Khan alleged U.S. involvement when Pakistan voted him out of power in April 2022, according to the AP. “I will not accept an imposed government,” Khan said during his 2022 ouster, according to the AP.

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, issued alerts before the full-scale evacuation on April 23. On April 15, the Embassy had warned Americans to “be aware of your surroundings” and “monitor local media for updates.”

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