ISLAMABAD: Days after cancelling his visit to Turkey, sources claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also decided not to proceed to the United Kingdom to attend the NATO summit to be held on September 4 and 5 in the city of Cardiff, however, the PM House says there is no planned visit in coming weeks.
Sources said that the cancellation comes in the wake of anti-government protests in Islamabad where thousands of protesters led by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are holding sit-ins across the Red Zone and calling for the premier to resign. The prime minister was invited to the summit by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen but with the cancellation, Pakistan will now be represented at the forum by junior diplomats, sources said.
This year’s summit comes as NATO draws down from its longest ever mission in Afghanistan and against a backdrop of instability in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other countries. However, PM House said that the news regarding cancellation of PM’s UK visit is baseless as there is no plan visit in coming weeks.
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