Pakistan issues travel advisory for Iraq in view of ME developments
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) has issued a travel advisory for Pakistani nationals while planning a visit to Iraq in the midst of the heightening security situation after the recent developments in Middle East region, media sources reported.
The spokesperson for the FO advised nationals to exercise ‘maximum caution’ while planning a visit to Iraq in view of recent developments and the region’s prevailing security situation, the press release said.
It added, “Those already in Iraq are advised to remain in close contact with the Embassy of Pakistan in Baghdad.”
Earlier on January 3, Pakistan viewed the recent developments in the Middle East, as seriously threatening the region’s peace and stability, a Foreign Office (FO) press release said.
“Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which should be adhered to. It is also important to avoid unilateral actions and use of force.”
“All parties are urged to exercise maximum restraint, engage constructively to de-escalate the situation, and resolve issues through diplomatic means, in accordance with UN Charter and international law,” it read.
Tensions are rising between the U.S. and Iran after Soleimani, the founder of Tehran’s covert overseas and military operations as chief of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, was killed in a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad airport on Friday.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made a policy statement on Monday at the Senate session on the rising situation in the Middle East, saying that Pakistan will not allow its land to be used against any country and will not become part of any regional conflict.
“Pakistan can play a role in reconciliation, peace and stability, but will not augment fire of war in the region,” said Qureshi.
He added that he spoke with his regional counterparts, including Iran, and stressed that utmost restraint should be exercised in order to avoid any conflict in the region