US embassy, consulates to remain closed today


ISLAMABAD – The US embassy in Islamabad will close its doors and shut its consulates today (Friday) because of protests after the release of Raymond Davis. Small demonstrations broke out across the country after Davis was set free Wednesday after paying $2 million in blood money to the families of the dead.
“The US embassy and consulates will be closed for routine business tomorrow,” embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said on Thursday. The decision was made “for public safety at large because there may be demonstrations tomorrow”. The biggest protest following Davis’ release was in Lahore, where some 800 students rallied at Punjab University campus chanting anti-US slogans such as “Death to America”.