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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen. – AP Photo
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen. – AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: The visit of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen to Pakistan was cancelled at the eleventh hour for unknown reasons.

However, it is believed that it happened due to the prevailing security situation, especially in light of the attack at Karachi airport, Dawn has learnt from officials in the Foreign Office, interior ministry and police.

President Abdulla Yameen was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on June 11 for a three-day visit.

During his visit, he was to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and also visit his country’s embassy. He was also scheduled to meet representatives of various chambers of commerce, sources said.

All security arrangements had been finalised, they said, however the Maldivian embassy informed the Foreign Office that the trip had been postponed for an indefinite period.

The embassy of Maldives had not replied officially but hinted that the attack at the airport was the reason for cancellation, the Foreign Office source said.

The Foreign Office spokesperson, Tasneem Aslam, said dates for Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s visit had yet not been confirmed so the visit was not finalised.

Published in Dawn, June 11th, 2014

Comments (11) Closed

Ghalib Jun 11, 2014 10:22am

Punjab has to understand that it cannot grow if it just tries to keep itself safe, and let the other provinces on the mercy of terrorist.

Whatashame Jun 11, 2014 10:48am


M. Ahmed Jun 11, 2014 10:52am

As per ASF chief they was no security breach at Karachi airport, only 1 aircraft suffered heavy damage, while 4 aircrafts suffered minor damage, cold storage completely burned down and 30+ people lost their lives but no security breach, everything is fine and secure !!!

Quetta wala Jun 11, 2014 10:57am

All sensitive pertinent information regarding foreign dignitaries trips, all details, are passed on to TTP and other extremists by their sympathizers, who infest every Govt. branch, agencies and NGO's. Expect more cancellations, excuses not to step inside this country. Who would want to risk their lives?

cognizance Jun 11, 2014 11:15am

@M. Ahmed : indeed everything is fine and secure

syed maqbool Jun 11, 2014 11:52am

No problem - now invite Chinese PM in his place.

Sheraz Jun 11, 2014 12:36pm

Shame! when our own Pakistani living overseas reluctant to visit Pakistan to meet their parents or love ones than how come a foreign prime minister or president will Pakistan in current situation. He even not secured in Airport lounge....

UFO Jun 11, 2014 06:31pm

We can send our president (can't remember his name) to Maldives instead.

Sammy Jun 11, 2014 09:31pm

Only aliens are willing to come now? Theocracy anyone?

Kirther Jun 11, 2014 09:51pm

Pakistani leadership must understand that Pakistan cannot make real progress by ignoring Karachi. The terrorist attack on Karachi Airport is a very serious issue and it relates to the existence of Pakistan. PML-N has not worked out clear strategy to deal with local terrorist groups as it goes against their political interest. Punjabi Taliban originated and have deep roots in Punjab and are responsible of introducing terrorism in Pakistan by attacking Sri Lanka Cricket team in Lahore, they are continuing with terrorist activities as well as supporting other extremist and terrorist elements. If Pakistanis want to eliminate terrorism from their country then they must control extremist and rightist elements in Punjab--it is a fact that Punjab has supported extremism from early 50's, while Karachi has always pursued liberal policies.

Laeeq,NY Jun 11, 2014 11:12pm

We do not need him to visit.