PM cuts short Karachi visit after Lahore blast

Nawaz Sharif came to Karachi to witness Pakistan Navy's multinational exercise Aman-17 in Arabian Sea

Sardar Sikander/news Desk February 14, 2017
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks out the window of his plane after attending a ceremony to inaugurate the M9 motorway between Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Tuesday to witness the Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 in the Arabian Sea.

Pakistan is hosting the event in which participation includes naval forces from 36 countries. The five-day drill kicked off at Pakistan Navy Dockyard on Friday.

During the visit, PM Sharif was to preside over a high-level meeting at the Sindh Governor House to discuss the overall situation in the province. He was also to be briefed on progress related to the Green Line Mass Transit, Lyari Expressway, Karachi Circular Railway and Karachi Water Supply Plant projects, Radio Pakistan reported.

Terror rears ugly head in Lahore – again

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In the wake of Monday's terror attack, however, the prime minister has called off all his remaining engagements in the metropolis and will leave for Lahore immediately after the naval event to chair a meeting on law and order.

At least 30 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a protesting crowd outside the Punjab Assembly, on Monday evening. The deadly bombing capped a bloody day as elsewhere in the country three paramilitary soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack, while two explosives experts died whilst defusing a bomb.


javed ali | 7 years ago | Reply This confirms that Nawaz sharif is the prume minister of Lahore. He would never shorten his trip for a blast in Peshawar or Quetta.
Lolz | 7 years ago | Reply Why leaving for Lahore? Isn't he the PM of Pakistan? Or is he the PM of only Punjab? How many times has he left his engagements and joined other parts after an incident? Why does he even reside in Lahore and not Islamabad?
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