The Chinese embassy in Islamabad announced the temporary shutdown of its consular service in Pakistan on Monday, February 13.
The closure is said to be due to technical concerns, but no specifics have been offered. There is no current information on when the consular department will reopen.
The Chinese embassy announced the temporary closure of the consular section on its official website for the general public’s information. According to the statement, the closure will stay in effect until new instructions are received.
“Due to technological challenges, the consular division of the Chinese embassy in Islamabad will be temporarily closed from February 13, 2023, until further notice,” the Embassy stated.
Meanwhile, due to the security situation in Pakistan, the Chinese government has also recommended its citizens exercise great caution when in the country. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs consular branch advised citizens on Saturday that they may face elevated levels of security in the nation.
People have been asked to phone 051-8496167 for assistance with urgent passport and travel document issues. Applicants with more questions should contact [email protected]
The Chinese embassy did not provide any information on the nature of the technological challenges, nor did it indicate a timetable for reopening the consulate.
The declaration by the Chinese government comes a day after the government reaffirmed its commitment to protecting all Pakistani citizens and international nationals.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah instructed officials to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of Pakistani and foreign nationals during a meeting on counterterrorism and security of foreign nationals in the country on February 12 in Gwadar.
He stated that Chinese people working on various projects in Pakistan will be provided with perfect security and that any negligence will not be tolerated.