August 9th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

U.S. evacuates diplomats in Pakistan

The State Department has evacuated most of its diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan in response to a terrorist threat against the U.S. consulate, senior State Department and other senior U.S. officials told CNN.

"We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action," one senior U.S. official told CNN.

The State Department issued an "ordered departure" for all of its diplomats in Lahore Thursday, except for a handful of emergency personnel. The diplomats were moved to Islamabad, the nation's capital, officials said.

A travel warning issued by the State Department said the department "ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the U.S. Consulate in Lahore" and warned U.S. citizens against travel to Pakistan.


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  1. chrissy

    You are such a pig @ rupert! Would you PLEASE keep your wet dreams to yourself!

    August 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    She is very possesive of me so ladies im taken

    August 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Well thank God @ rupert! The sooner she takes you from here the better! Cya!

    August 10, 2013 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. reader

    They are re-opening embassies in all those Muslim countries except Pakistan and Yemen. Muslims in Pakistan and Yemen are bigger terrorists than the rest.

    August 10, 2013 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    Soooo, they are not reopening the embassies. WHAT about all the monies being GIVEN away to pakistan? For me, ANY country that is providing a place for these terrorists, deserves NOTHING from us!

    August 10, 2013 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Silverado

      Pakistanis killed 40+ minority Shiites. These Pakistani Muslim terrorists are so devout that they kill innocent people on Ramadan. Why would we want to have any relations with such an Islamic country. Stop money to Pakistan and stop relations with Pakistan. Shut down the embassies in Pakistan for good.

      August 10, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat


    I can only shake my head at these comments and lament what little we know about the dynamics in this post commencement of of 'War on terror' region.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    G.W sends a message to Pakistan when we decided to invade Afghanistan " you come aboard or we bomb you to stone age" . As logistically it was impossible for us to mount that misadventure. They come aboard.. 11th year running they keep sacrificing their military personnel & civilians for that decision. 4000 of their military & more than 30000 of their civilans dead & more dying. Targets of the 'enemy' for siding with US.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Sad isnt it @ saywhat? And i have to wonder, if we are financing specific countries but also financing other specific countries that are droning and killing ppl in the other countries, that we are financing, then who, really, are the true terrorists?? Because it would appear that we are the terrorists! So, stop ALL foreign financial aid!!!

    August 10, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    For those victims of naivete expressing their opinion, i may also add that without Pakistani help it is well nigh impossible for us to withdraw whenever we decide to do that, logistically. And then again strategically it is imperative that we keep Pakistan stable & sound (we have done the contrary) and on our side being the next door neighbor to Afghanistan Russia, China & India. And the doorway to central Republics.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The three powers that are now jockeying for vantage positions in the region after our weakening geopolitical position-Russia-China & India make it important for us to have an ally there.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    As for the aid that we mistakenly assume , is being provided to Pakistan. They hardly recd 300m against 10 billion promised to them over a period of 10 yrs which Congress approved in 2009 for waging a war against Taliban. They are receiving no more.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Indeed @chrissy. good morning. The sadder part is that most Americans do not have a true perspective on the events.
    Those of us who travelled to the region on business, leisure or spent some time there know well that the blood shed we are seeing now is the consequence of 'war on terror' & not just the Shia/Sunni divide which has always been there.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    The spy agencies and covert operators from most of the neighboring countries and also from the West have an open season in Pakistan. keeping it destabilized would serve some of them.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    What a mess.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Understand @ saywhat, but i wasnt neccessarily speaking of just Pakistan. We have also been funding Egypt military, even since the "coup" which is illegal, and yet we are also funding Israel who is waging war on Egypt! Im wondering how our politicians can sleep at night! And no wonder "the greatest country on earth" has become the hatest country on earth! I wouldn't trust us either!

    August 10, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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