Westerners face high threat of terror attack in Pak: Australia

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Melbourne , Nov 6 (UNI) Australia has advised its nationals to stay away from Pakistan in the light of the ''unpredictable security situation'' in the country.

The Australian government has also closed its Karachi Consulate as a precautionary measure against terrorist attack.

The advisory has been issued in the wake of emergency declared in the South Asian nation on Saturday.

The warning, which came in a travel advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), warned Australian nationals about ''a very high threat of terrorist attack, sectarian violence and unpredictable security situation''.

The document also advised the antipodeans to reconsider their travel plans to the Islamic nation.

Australians in Pakistan have also been told to consider leaving the country due to volatile political situation.

The DFAT had, last month, quoted ''credible information to warn Australians of a possible attack in Lahore in late October as terrorists were likely to target places frequented by Westerners''.

Hotels and supermarkets frequented by Western diplomats in Islamabad have also been mentioned in the travel advisory as other possible targets.

A UK's travel advisory has also been mentioned by the Australians to warn that ''there is currently a high risk of suicide attacks in the Islamabad/Rawalpindi area, targeting both Government and diplomatic interests''.

UNI

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