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KARACHI: US consulate may move to KPT area

July 07, 2005

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KARACHI, July 6: The US consulate is actively considering moving to a cotton storage warehouse of the Karachi Port Trust, near the Mai Kolachi bypass. Sources told Dawn on Wednesday the Mai Kolachi warehouse was one of the many places offered by the government for the US consulate. The American government seemed to be becoming increasingly interested in the warehouse, they said.

Reports of the relocation of the US consulate to Boating Basin area near a school in February alarmed citizens who opposed the move, arguing that it could endanger the lives of students.

At present, the US consulate is located on Abdullah Haroon Road, which is closed to public transport.

A spokesman for the US consulate said: “We are continuing to look for a suitable plot of land and the Mai Kolachi plot is one of those we are interested in. No final decision has been made.”

The KPT chairman was not available for comment.