ISLAMABAD: Britain closed its visa application centre here on Thursday after receiving threats of terrorist violence. “The visa application centre in Islamabad received a threat, which we take seriously. So we opted to close down the centre in Islamabad in order that we fully assess the threat,” spokesperson for the British High Commission, Jennifer Wilkes told media without giving details of the threat.
She, however, said that the working of the mission’s visa section and a similar application centre in the port city of Karachi were unaffected by the move. Asked when the centre would be reopened, she said, “Once we are satisfied that we have fully assessed the threat and there is no longer a danger we will open the centre once again.”
Many Western countries have reduced the strength of the staff in their missions in Islamabad owing to threats of terrorist violence. Several countries such as the US do not permit their diplomatic staff to bring along their families to Pakistan.-SANA