Increased security measures will be implemented nationwide during celebrations of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) which will take place from Wednesday, August 22, to Saturday, August 25. During the festivities many government offices, foreign embassies, and local businesses close. Heavy road traffic is likely as large numbers of people return home during the holiday. Other transportation disruptions (e.g. due to crowded airports, etc.) are also to be anticipated during this period due to an increased number of travelers. While celebrations typically remain peaceful, the terrorist threat will remain elevated during this period as terrorist groups could step up attacks by targeting crowded mosques or public places.
Eid al-Adha is one of the most widely observed holidays in Islam and coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to allow additional time for travel and to avoid any form of public demonstration or public gathering.
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