Pakistanis protesting against an anti-Islam movie.
The US State Department has issued a travel warning for its citizens traveling to Pakistan ahead of major anti-West protests on Friday, September 21.
The warning issued on Thursday, is the latest in a series of similar warnings issued for US citizens traveling to Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, and Algeria.
The latest development comes amid heated protests against an anti-Islam movie made in the United States, insulting Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Officials have also announced plans to suspend mobile services, as the country prepares for planned demonstrations on Friday.
In response to the sacrilegious film, the government of Pakistan declared Friday, September 21 a national holiday in honor of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and called for peaceful protests against the film.
On Thursday, students gathered at the Karachi University in peaceful protest, calling for the expulsion of American diplomats from Muslim countries.
In Islamabad, violent clashes broke out between thousands of demonstrators and security forces near the US Embassy, leaving nearly 30 injured.
Protests have been held across Pakistan including the capital Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta.
Pakistan is the epicenter of an anti-West uprising, triggered by the release of the controversial movie trailer and the recent publication of insulting cartoons of Islam’s holiest figure by a French magazine.