The United States will place “reciprocal restrictions” on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the country from May 1, forcing them to stay within 40km of the city they are posted in, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

In an interview with the Voice of America’s Uzbek service, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon said the United States was doing so because Islamabad had already imposed similar restrictions on US diplomats in Pakistan.

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“Typically, these kinds of restrictions are reciprocal in nature, so I’ll just leave it at that,” said Mr Shannon when asked if the US government was going to restrict the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the country.