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US Orders Diplomats out of Lahore, Pakistan.....

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We are now closing down a Consulate in Pakistan. Our people are also being told to not travel there. They will only keep emergency personnel there. Once again it is being done as a precautionary measure. Thoughts upon the matter?


The U.S. has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan and evacuated most government personnel from the country's second largest city because of a threat to the consulate there, a U.S. official said Friday, the latest example of the danger facing diplomats operating in volatile parts of the Muslim world.

The action came amid a flurry of deadly militant attacks in Pakistan. It also followed an al-Qaida threat to U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East and North Africa that American officials said was unrelated to the situation in Pakistan.

U.S. consulates have been attacked previously in different parts of Pakistan, and Washington is still scarred by the memory of the attack last year on a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The U.S. is shifting nonessential staff from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore to the capital, Islamabad, after a specific threat to the consulate there, said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Meghan Gregonis. Emergency personnel will stay in Lahore, and embassy officials do not know when the consulate will reopen, she said.

"We received information regarding a threat to the consulate," said Gregonis. "As a precautionary measure, we are undertaking a drawdown of all except emergency personnel."


Pakistani guards search a car outside the U. S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The State Department warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan and evacuated nonessential government personnel from the country's second largest city of Lahore because of a specific threat to the consulate there, a U.S. official said Friday.

US orders diplomats out of Lahore, Pakistan
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It's good that there are so many precautions taken, but I must wonder, is this not just another distraction from all the other issues at hand?
 
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