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Pakistan Imposes Travel Restrictions on US Diplomats The Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed the restrictions put by the Trump administration and responded with its own

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PAKISTAN announced a reciprocal gesture of travel restrictions for US diplomats after the Trump administration earlier announced the same, a move bound to further strain diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in the United States will come into effect on May 11. “These will be on a reciprocal basis. However, negotiations are ongoing between the two sides, on the matter,” Dr Mohammad Faisal from the foreign ministry said during a media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

The restrictions on US diplomats will be enforced in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, according to the Dawn News report.  US diplomats are already prohibited from visiting high-security areas such the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the report said.

The restrictions imposed on Pakistani diplomats in the US limits them from travelling beyond 25 miles from where they are posted. Previously, Pakistani diplomats were free to travel within the country.

According to the Daily Times, if a diplomat wishes to travel beyond the stipulated distance, approval would have to be taken at least 5 days in advance.

Pakistan’s latest move follows a string of decisions by the Trump administration with the US earlier suspending more than $1 billion in security aid to the country.

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