The United States advises citizens to reconsider their visit to Pakistan, issues high-level travel alert

WASHINGTON: Advising its citizens to reconsider visits Pakistan Due to terrorism, the United States issued the highest-level travel alert for the provinces and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with the Control Line on Friday.

The Level 4 of US travel means asking citizens not to travel to the provinces of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa () along with the LoC. The rest of the areas in Pakistan continues to remain on Level 3 of the travel alert.

"Do not travel to the India- Pakistan border. Militant groups are known to operate in the area. India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border," the State Department said.

Indian and Pakistan i military forces periodically exchange gunfire and artillery fire across the LoC, the advisory said.

Do not travel to the province of KPK, which includes the former FATA. Active and insurgent terrorist groups carry out routine attacks against civilians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government offices and security forces, the State Department said.

These groups historically have not discriminated between government officials and civilians. Murder and kidnapping attempts are common, including targeting polio eradication teams, he said.

According to the State Department, terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Pakistan . A local history of terrorism and ongoing ideological aspirations of violence by extremist elements have led to indiscriminate attacks on civilian as well as local military and police targets, it said.

Terrorists can attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation centers, markets, shopping centers, military facilities, airports, universities, tourist places, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Terrorists have attacked US diplomats and diplomatic installations in the past, the notice added.