The Swedish embassy in Islamabad has closed its doors indefinitely to visitors, citing the current security situation as the reason. The embassy’s website displays a notice that the Migration Section is unable to handle any requests, and documents cannot be sent to consulates, Gerry‘s, or home addresses at the moment. Although the closure may cause inconvenience, the Swedish embassy is prioritizing the safety of its applicants and staff members.
The Swedish embassy has not specified any details regarding the nature of the threat that led to the closure. Unfortunately, the closure has affected many Pakistani students who have already invested their time and money into meeting academic requirements and preparing applications for Swedish universities. The Pakistan embassy in Sweden expressed sympathy and tweeted that education is an important aspect of the two countries’ longstanding relationship, and students help to bridge the gap between them.
There is no indication when the Swedish embassy in Islamabad will reopen as questions regarding the reopening date could not be answered at this time. Those who have inquiries regarding individual cases should contact the Migration Agency. Some observers believe that the embassy’s closure may be linked to a recent incident where a Danish-Swedish far-right extremist burned a copy of the holy Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm under the protection of Swedish police. The incident has drawn condemnation from Muslims worldwide, as well as from many non-Muslim leaders who expressed their disapproval of the act.