Anti-Islam film: Security on high alert for US diplomatic missions in Pakistan

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday beefed up security around US diplomatic missions, following attacks on American consulates and embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen over an anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims.

Protestors attacked the US embassies in Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and other Muslim countries. Attack on US consulate in Libya resulted in the deaths of four embassy officials including the US ambassador to Libya.

A senior police official responsible for diplomats’ security told AFP that the government stepped up security measurements for diplomats in Islamabad as there were reports of possible demonstrations after Friday prayers tomorrow.

“We expect some protests against the embassy tomorrow and we are preparing to handle that.”

The US embassy in Islamabad lies inside the city’s heavily-fortified diplomatic enclave, and Rasheed said the entrance would be closed and extra security forces deployed.

In the eastern city of Lahore, police said they have issued an alert to protect the US consulate.

“The security is already tight but we have issued an alert to be careful for any urgent situation,” Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani, senior police official responsible for security, told AFP.

“We are also gathering information (on) whether some organisations are planning to organise some protests. In that case, we will take further measures to protect the US consulate.”

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