Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cancelled his scheduled visit to the United States in the backdrop of Sunday’s deadly terror attack in Lahore and the sit-in protest being staged by supporters of executed murderer Mumtaz Qadri in the highly-sensitive Red Zone of the federal capital.
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, Lahore.
The prime minister spent the entire day 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.
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.