Pakistan PM cancels US visit after attack
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday cancelled his upcoming visit to the United States where he was scheduled to attend the Nuclear Security Summit later this week in the backdrop of the deadly terror attack in Lahore. Sharif was due to visit Washington to participate in the fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on March 31 hosted by US President Barack Obama. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has canceled his upcoming visit to the United States,” Radio Pakistan tweeted minutes before Sharif ’s address to the nation.
At least 72 people, including 29 children, were killed and 233 were injured in a blast near Gulshane-Iqbal Park in Lahore on Easter Sunday.
A faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaatul Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack, saying Christians were their target.
Earlier, Sharif cancelled his trip to UK, citing the the terror attack in Lahore.