PM Nawaz postpones US visit after Lahore terror attack

Published: March 28, 2016
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama shake hands before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House October 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. PHOTO : AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama shake hands before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House October 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. PHOTO : AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cancelled his scheduled visit to the United States in the backdrop of Sunday’s deadly terror attack in Lahore.

The premier was due to visit Washington to participate in the fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on March 31, the official statement said.

On Sunday, at least 72 people, including 29 children, were killed and 233 were wounded in a blast near Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Allama Iqbal Town.

The prime minister spent the entire day today in Lahore condoling with the bereaved families, as well as visiting the hospitals to meet those injured in the tragic terrorist attack, the communique added.

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PM Nawaz underscored that such incidents further strengthen the government’s resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism from its roots.

The Pakistan’s delegation to the nuclear summit 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.

The country also cooperates closely with The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

A meeting between PM Nawaz and his Indian counterpart had also been predicted, with the foreign office stating that no proposal from the Indian side was received in this regard.

Earlier this morning, the prime minister directed the law enforcement agencies to step up counter-terror operations and their abettors in southern Punjab, and ensure proactive coordination between law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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The premier, flanked by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, also visited Jinnah Hospital and inquired after the health of those injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Army along-with intelligence agencies and Rangers launched five joint operations in Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan and arrested a number of suspected terrorists.

A faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaatul Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack, saying Christians were their target.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Praful R Shah
    Mar 28, 2016 - 10:31PM

    How can he defend his administration, Pakistan’s historical intolerance declining (from 20% to 2%) to minorities? He will be visiting Christian Nations. Recommend

  • M
    Mar 29, 2016 - 12:46AM

    @Praful Most of the dead were Muslims. Your logic as perverted as the terrorists.Recommend

  • Ih
    Mar 29, 2016 - 3:02AM

    It is high for prime minister to attend to nation,s business at home. Get a real forgien minister send him to other countries, fire the current defense “minister” who appoint some one who has some respect and standing with armed forces. Get rid of your cronies , leave a legacy , coming generations will be thankful to you if show some spine put an end to lawlessness of political and religious parties. It is time for you to ponder how you will go down in history. Otherwise History is Going to put you in the footnotes along with lot of other politicians and dictator. Recommend

  • Ladi Singh
    Mar 29, 2016 - 7:06PM

    @M: but the world community didn’t believe this bcz world community believed this attack on minority.your government and your media didn’t handle carefully bcz their was communication gap between govt and showed this attack on minorityRecommend

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