- Pakistan PM was due to visit Washington to attend Nuclear Security Summit
- 72 killed, 233 injured as suicide bomber blew himself up in Lahore
- Faction of Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today 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.
Mr 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 cancelled his upcoming visit to the United States," Radio Pakistan tweeted minutes before Mr Sharif's address to the nation.
At least 72 people, including 29 children, were killed and 233 were injured in a blast near Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore on Easter Sunday.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs will now represent the premier at the crucial global event, Express News reported.
According to media reports, Mr Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were likely to meet on the sidelines of the Summit.
Earlier in the day, Mr Sharif cancelled his trip to UK, citing the terror attack in Lahore.
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