Sweden embassy is closed in Islamabad for unannounced dates of reopening. It won’t be open to visitors and will not accept any visitors, visa works, or any paperwork to its consultants.
The embassy apologizes for this inconvenience but the security of its staff members and visa applicants are their first priority. The date for resuming mission of embassy is not announced yet.
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Due to this closure, Pakistani students who are willing to get admission in Swedish universities will suffer a lot as the educational session of Sweden starts in August and visa process takes 4-6 months.
The Pakistani Community living in Sweden will also not be able to visit Pakistan to meet their families. The Sweden living families of Pakistan are trying to reach out foreign office to apprise them of their difficulties.
The closure of Sweden Embassy resulted due to recent protests against Sweden in Muslim World as a result of burning of Holy Quran in Sweden. The security concerns caused Sweden to close its embassy in Pakistan.
Chinese Embassy Closure
Earlier, China also announced the close of its embassy in Pakistan on a temporary basis due to technical issues. The Chinese embassy did not share any specific time for reopening of the office and also does not told anything about the nature of the issues and specific reasons for closure.
The official website of the Chinese embassy announced the closure of the office for public services and also announced that it will remain closed in Pakistan until further orders. The Chinese government also advised its citizens to be extremely careful because of security threats in Pakistan. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign affairs also announced that Chinese citizens in Pakistan are at high risk in Pakistan. They warned Chinese people living in Pakistan to stay safe and cautious.
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Chinese embassy’s official website also announced a number 051-8496167 to call in case they need any assistance with travel documents or passport issues. Embassy also announced an email to contact, [email protected]. Citizens are advised to call and email it in case of any emergency.