“The US government assesses terrorist groups in South Asia may be planning attacks in the region, possibly against US facilities, citizens and interests. US citizens should avoid travel to Afghanistan, as no region in the country is immune from violence,” the State Department said in its worldwide caution.
“A number of established terrorist organisations, indigenous sectarian groups, and other militants pose a danger to US citizens in Pakistan. Extremist elements are also active in India, as outlined in a recent emergency message. Terrorists have hit a wide variety of targets and institutions in Bangladesh,” it added.
While, South Asian groups have strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s revised executive order, describing it as an “assault” on Muslims and immigrants under the guise of national security.
The second executive order, which will come into force on March 16, temporarily halts entry to the US for people from six Muslim-majority nations. The ban has been imposed on Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organisation, the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) have condemned the order as stubbornly racist and discriminatory.
Notably, the order, continues to suspend refugee admission for 120 days, reduce and limit the number of refugee admissions, and targets individuals from six Muslim-majority countries, suspending entry of individuals for 90 days, with some exceptions, the two organisations said.
“The President’s Executive Action does nothing more than advance an anti-Muslim agenda espoused during the campaign under the guise of national security,” said SABA president Vichal Kumar. NAPABA president Cyndie Chang said “The executive order is a continuation of the same policy that discriminates against and devalues refugees and members of the Muslim community.”
The new executive order clarifies it is not applicable to certain individuals, such as valid visa holders whose documents were issued on or before January 27, 2017, lawful permanent residents, and dual-national passport holders.