No travel curbs on US diplomats, says Pakistan

July 31st, 2011 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 31 (IANS) There are no specific travel curbs on US diplomats in Pakistan, the foreign ministry has said.

Refuting reports in a section of media, the foreign office spokesperson here said that no US-specific restrictions have been applied but clarified there are general guidelines regarding travel for Pakistan-based diplomats, the Urdu daily Jang reported Sunday.

These guidelines, in place for quite some time, are designed only to ensure their safety and security, the spokesperson added.

The foreign ministry is having a constructive engagement with the US embassy in Islamabad on this issue, the spokesperson added.

Media reports had said the foreign ministry has asked the US embassy that all its diplomats should secure permission before leaving Islamabad.

Relations between Pakistan and the US have soured over the past few months since US troops flew in and killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in his hideout in Abbotabad city and a number of US diplomats, along with other foreign visitors, have been turned back from places like Peshawar.

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