So this is the deal.
I have a low tolerance for email forwards. But when a forward is from a friend, suggesting I use a certain catering company instead of another in order TO AVIOID BEING A TARGET OF TERROR, that too with a less than sardonic undertone and an official document to back it all up, I really start questioning the high levels tolerance around these parts for violence, as well as the healing powers of my Pakistani passport…
This is what I received earlier today. It reads like something out of a Tim Burton movie…All I can say is, stay away from the chicken korma…
From: (EDITED OUT)
To: (EDITED OUT)
Sent: Fri May 21 12:50:28 2010
Subject: FW: Warden Notice to U.S. Citizens Concerning Hanif Rajput Caterers
X,Y & Z
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU USE (CATERERS X) ! LOL….
From: “ACS, Islamabad” <ACS_Islamabad@state.gov>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 12:35:10 +0500
Subject: Warden Notice to U.S. Citizens Concerning Hanif Rajput Caterers
Warden Notice to U.S. Citizens Concerning Hanif Rajput Caterers
Embassy of the United States of America
Consular Section, Diplomatic Enclave
Ramna 5, Islamabad, Pakistan
May 21, 2010
This Warden Notice is to alert American citizens that the U.S. Embassy is aware of threat information suggesting that terrorist groups may have established links to the Hanif Rajput Caterers firm in Islamabad, Pakistan. As a precautionary measure, U.S. government personnel in Pakistan have been instructed to avoid using this company. We have shared this information with appropriate Pakistani government agencies for their action.
The Embassy reiterates its advice to all U.S. citizens to take measures for their safety and security at all times. These measures include maintaining good situational awareness, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, and keeping a low profile. U.S. citizens should avoid setting patterns by varying times and routes for all required travel. U.S. citizens should ensure that their travel documents and visas are valid at all times.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov/ <http://travel.state.gov/> , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning for Pakistan, and Country-Specific Information for Pakistan can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Contact information follows for all four posts in Pakistan:
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5; telephone (92-51) 208-0000; Consular Section telephone (92-51) 208-2700; fax (92-51) 282-2632; website http://islamabad.usembassy.gov <http://islamabad.usembassy.gov> .
The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, located at 8 Abdullah Haroon Road, provides service to U.S. citizens by appointment only. U.S. citizens requiring assistance should call the consular section in Karachi. Their telephone is (92-21) 520-4200; after hours (92-21) 520-4400; fax (92-21) 568-0496; website http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/ <http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/> .
The U.S. Consulate General in Lahore is located at 50- Sharah-E-Abdul Hameed Bin Badees, (Old Empress Road) near Shimla Hill Rotary; telephone (92-42) 603-4000 or 603-4250; fax (92-42) 603-4200; website http://lahore.usconsulate.gov/ <http://lahore.usconsulate.gov/> ; Email address: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> .
The U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar; telephone (92-91) 526-8800; fax (92-91) 527-6712; website http://peshawar.usconsulate.gov <http://peshawar.usconsulate.gov> .