WASHINGTON: The United States issued a travel warning on Monday for its citizens visiting Pakistan, Afghanis-tan and Bangladesh, and said extremist elements were also “active” in India, reports agency.
“The US government assesses terrorist groups in South Asia may be planning attacks in the region... US citizens should avoid travel to Afghanistan as no region there is immune from violence,” the State Department said.
“A number of established terrorist organisations, indigenous sectarian groups, and other militants pose a danger to US citizens in Pakistan. Ex tremist elements are also active in India, as outlined in a recent emergency message,” it added.
Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised executive order which temporarily bars people from six Muslim-dominated countries to enter the country dropping Iraq from the revised list.
According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump signed the order behind closed doors on Monday morning.
A 90-day ban on people from Syria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are the six countries that do not apply to the people who already have valid visas in the new order.
As per the order, the individuals who have valid visas either on January 27, 2017 or on the effective date of the executive order are not banned from stepping on US soil.
“The 90-day period will allow for proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals,” it says.
Iraq has been dropped from the list and the order says that Baghdad has agreed to increase cooperation with the US on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to America.
“Iraqi citizens are not affected by the Executive Order,” says the order which will come into force on March 16.