Pakistan

PM calls off visit to Washington to attend Nuclear Security Summit

ISLAMABAD: In view of the terrorist attack in Lahore, which took a heavy toll on the lives of innocent citizens, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to cancel his visit to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, said the Foreign Office (FO) on Monday.

“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,” said the FO spokesman in a statement.

“He expressed solidarity with and complete support to victims’ families and reassured that the perpetrators behind the heinous attack will be brought to justice.”

The premier underscored that such incidents further strengthen the government’s resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism from its roots, read the statement.

The 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, besides cooperating closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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