There is a high threat from terrorist and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan. The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continues to pose a danger to foreign nationals throughout Pakistan. Across the country, terrorist attacks can frequently occur against civilian, government, and foreign targets.
Crime presents a significant risk to foreign visitors. Criminal and political violence is also common including armed carjacking, robbery, kidnap, and murder. Strikes called by various religious and political parties cripple the city and regularly produce violent civil unrest. Armed groups, including some linked to political parties, routinely engage in the targeted killing of their opponents. In these targeted killings, it is not uncommon for bystanders to become victims. Kidnapping-for-ransom and violent threats are common practice.
Crime in Islamabad is less than in other cities in Pakistan partly due to the heightened security presence and checkpoints. There is a prevalent risk of petty crime. Karachi is of higher risk than Islamabad. Threats to international travelers are at a critical level due to lack of effective police control, with many neighborhoods being controlled by political/criminal gangs and considered No-Go areas for Government and LEA agencies. Violent crime and theft are commonplace and include murder, robbery, gender, and politically based violence, kidnapping, sexual assault, & civil unrest.
Corruption within the police and security services, especially the lower levels, is widespread.
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