Prime Minister cancels US visit

WEB DESK:Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday called off his visit to the US where he was to attend the Nuclear Security Summit 2016 scheduled for March 31-April 01, 2016 on the invitation of US President Barack Obama.

“In view of the terrorist attack in Lahore, which took a heavy toll on the lives of innocent citizens of Pakistan and caused injuries to scores of people, the Prime Minister has decided to cancel his visit to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a statement.

The Prime Minister spent the entire day on Monday in Lahore condoling with the bereaved families, as well as visiting the hospitals to meet those injured in the tragic terrorist attack. The spokesperson further said that Pakistan’s delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington will now be led by the Minister of State and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi.

“Pakistan has actively participated in the NSS process and has developed a robust Command and Control System and multi-layered security of its nuclear programme. Pakistan co-operates closely with IAEA,” he added. Earlier, the Prime Minister cancelled his visit to Britain on Monday where he was scheduled to meet his British counterpart David Cameron and then fly off to the US for the Nuclear Security Summit 2016.