Pakistan FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi’ scheduled Sri Lanka visit cancelled

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s scheduled visit to Sri Lanka has been cancelled due to the security situation in the island nation in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings, the media reported on Thursday.

According to the Express Tribune, Qureshi was also due to visit the Maldives on May 2 and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo from May 3 till May 5, but the tour was cancelled due to the security issue following the Sri Lanka carnage which killed 253 people.

A revised schedule for Qureshi’s visit was yet to be released.

The daily’s report said that Pakistan has offered “every possible” assistance to Sri Lanka in investigations into the horrific attacks. Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said last week that the offer was made at the highest level by Pakistan.

Around 108 Indian nationals have been detained by Sri Lankan authority on Tuesday for visa violations since the country’s armed personnel began countrywide raids, the department of immigration and emigration said on Wednesday.

The authority began carrying out countrywide across the nation following President Maithripala Sirisena assured to reconstruct the country’s security structure. Numerous numbers of detentions were made during raids carried out in Bentara and Aluthgama region of the country.

Sri Lankan security forces have maintained a high-level of alert in the region on Tuesday, following the Easter Sunday serial blasts, the country’s official said, amid intelligence reports claiming the ISIS (Islamic militants) were planning fresh terror attacks before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

 

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