U.S. Embassy in Pakistan cancels tour due to Taliban attack
The U.K. and the U.N. announced on Thursday that the embassies of both countries would be closed on Saturday due to the Taliban attack on a Pakistani security agency in the northwestern city of Quetta.
Security Council said it was “deeply concerned” by the attack.
Quetta was the site of an attack on July 5, killing five people and wounding many more.
“This is a significant escalation of attacks against the Pakistani security apparatus,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement.
“The Government has been clear that it is deeply concerned about the attack and is supporting the authorities in their efforts to bring perpetrators to justice.”
U.A.E. Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said the U, N. and U.H.S.’s missions in Pakistan will be closed in the coming days.
“There will be no further bilateral meetings in Quetta,” Gargash told the Associated Press.
U.B.C. Minister for Human Rights Ahmad Yousuf told the New York Times the Taliban “appears to be preparing for a major attack.”
A U.R. spokesperson told the AP that the UB, which is based in the United Arab Emirates, will also close its doors to U.U.N.-backed peacekeepers.
The spokesperson said U.Y.M.
S’ operations in Afghanistan will be suspended for five days in a bid to allow U.O. personnel to carry out security checks at their bases.
“We are asking U.P.
S to stop all operations until the authorities can verify that security checks have been carried out,” the spokesperson said.
N.’s regional coordinator in Afghanistan, Abdulla Abdullah, said he had requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“My office is coordinating with the Special Envoys and UYP [United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Command] to coordinate and mobilize security forces to prevent further attacks on U.Z. [United States] and UB,” he said in the statement.
A UB spokesperson said it had not received the emergency request.
The Taliban has said it planned to launch an attack in Quetelet as soon as Saturday.
The attacks come as the Uyghur region in Xinjiang, home to millions of Uighurs, has been targeted by the government in the past.
The region, which has long been plagued by unrest, has seen some of the worst violence in recent years.