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Sharif shortens visit to US

Updated Oct 14, 2015 08:11am


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The prime minister will now arrive in Washington on the night of Oct 20 and leave for home on Oct 23.—AP/File
The prime minister will now arrive in Washington on the night of Oct 20 and leave for home on Oct 23.—AP/File

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is reported to have shortened his visit to the United States from five to three days, cancelling at least two major engagements in the process.

Meanwhile, official circles in Washington have started discussing the possibility of another important visit from Pakistan next month, that of the army chief.

The prime minister had earlier planned to arrive in Chicago on Oct 19 to address a meeting of potential Pakistani-American investors the following day.

The visit to Chicago, however, has been cancelled, apparently because the government fears that the PTI may turn it into a protest against the prime minister, as it did in New York last month when the finance minister went to a mosque to say his Eid prayers.

So the organisers planned a community meeting in Washington on Oct 23. The Chicago meeting was planned jointly by the Pakistan Embassy and the local chapter of PML-N. Hundreds of invitations had already been sent for this meeting by Oct 12, when the invitees received another email from the organisers saying that the event has been cancelled.

Since the organisers offered no explanation, the cancellation caused wild speculations, ranging from a possible PTI protest to the “sensitive nature of the PM’s engagements in Washington that require the PM’s complete attention,” as a local PML-N office-bearer explained.

The prime minister will now arrive in Washington on the night of Oct 20 and leave for home on Oct 23, instead of Oct 24, as originally planned. Mr Sharif and his team will spend the next day, consulting with the senior officials of the Pakistan Embassy who had been busy preparing for the visit for the last two months.

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani and his senior diplomats have held a series of meetings with senior officials of the White House and the State Department, as well as with key US lawmakers, while preparing the prime minister’s agenda for these talks.

On Oct 22, the prime minister will meet President Barack Obama at the White House. Both sides have refused to disclose what the two leaders would be discussing at this meeting.

“We are in regular contact with the government of Pakistan on a range of issues as we prepare for the visit on Oct 22 of Prime Minister Sharif. We’ll decline comment on the specifics of these discussions,” said a US official when asked for comments.

But the PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz told reporters in Islamabad that Mr Sharif would discuss the stalled dialogue between Pakistan and India with the US president. “A number of other issues would also be discussed,” he added.

The prime minister and his team will also have at least one more official meeting, with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department and will also address a think-tank, the US Institute of Peace. His other engagements are still being finalised.

Published in Dawn, October 14th , 2015

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Comments (131) Closed

Aziz Bhoi Oct 14, 2015 07:08am

Protest against an Elected PM of Pakistan in a Foreign country, By an individual or by Political Parties Should be stopped forth with. Out Parliment may jointly pass a Law to redress this issue on permanent basis. .

Darashikoh Oct 14, 2015 08:31am

It's a shame that PTI will not care for country's good name and will try to bring protest in international media against their own country's PM. All based on a false premise of election fraud which never happened and despite the fact that they have been proven wrong several times.

divend Oct 14, 2015 08:33am

It is sad that the prime minister of this country cannot go meet investors because a few hooligans will create a dharna-like atmosphere. It is understandable that these people don't like the prime minister. Opposition is fine, but doing so in this manner on foreign soil is just wrong. As they say, don't wash your dirty laundry in public.

stranger Oct 14, 2015 08:36am

Another gift of PTI to Pakistan economy.

Hassan Oct 14, 2015 08:38am

No surprise

s.khan Oct 14, 2015 08:41am

look at his watch, sir

Ahmed Oct 14, 2015 08:43am

isn't Prime Minister supposed to get briefing / agenda much before starting from Islamabad ? He will take a day briefing from Embassy for meeting with Mr. Obama? With such poor preparation at home what will he discuss or negotiate ? He will take out a few written paper from pocket & read there also.

Ahmad Pakistani Oct 14, 2015 08:46am

Go Nawaz Go!

Qaum Oct 14, 2015 08:52am

Investment and technology know how is desperately needed. Relations with India needs to be secondary. Everyone in Pakistan realises that good neighborly relations need to be pursued but with India under Modi that can not happen because he has shut the door on talks.

Rashid Ishaq Oct 14, 2015 08:54am

This should never be encouraged that no matter whoever is our PM and some party start protesting against him on foreign land. I support PTI but I am against this act.

UMAR Oct 14, 2015 08:59am

This is a lame excuse to cancel the Chicago meeting.

Just-wondering Oct 14, 2015 09:00am

Wasn't it more worth attending the meeting of potential Pakistani-American investors vs. meeting Obama about the stalled dialogue between Pakistan and India?

Omer Oct 14, 2015 09:01am

That is why myself and my family will never vote for PTI in our life time.

Hope Oct 14, 2015 09:01am

No individual can be so irresponsible ( IK ) even to dream his agenda is more important then national interests of Pakistan.

Salim Khan Oct 14, 2015 09:03am

People have voted them recently and they are scared of the people.

Adeel Oct 14, 2015 09:05am

Go nawaz Go

Javed Oct 14, 2015 09:05am

@s.khan But does he know what time it is? May be time has stopped for him or he takes his sweet time to do.... nothing?

Zeeshan Oct 14, 2015 09:14am

The credibility of this guy has been seriously damaged by PTI. Popularity and public trust on COAS is far more than this guy.

jigar k pas Oct 14, 2015 09:18am

Go Nawaz Go

Rashid Ishaq Oct 14, 2015 09:25am

not a good act from PTI; one should not start protests against our own PM on foreign land no matter if he is from PML-N or any other party

Raghu Oct 14, 2015 09:36am

Cancellations will discourage investors.

Ahmar Oct 14, 2015 09:39am

One call and PTI can arrange protest anywhere in US.

Jawad Oct 14, 2015 09:42am

I love Nawaz Sharif he mind is business and Pakistan became nuclear power, motor ways etc during his government. now CPEC and TFPI.

Angry Pitbull Oct 14, 2015 09:54am

I request Mr.NS to visit US , UN and other countries to concentrate and highlight the issues only on Kashmir agenda not on business developments.

Daanish Oct 14, 2015 09:56am

PTI and other political parties should keep their difference of opinion at the home ground. Prime Minister on his foreign tours must be respected by all parties in a unified way to respect our institutions and honor the democratic process.

Amin Ansari Oct 14, 2015 09:56am

If you have faith in yourself and your policies you should not be scared of anyone. It seems PM MNS does not have that courage. He is more inclined to focus on public relations than standing up for his (and his family's) policies.

Shaikh Salman Oct 14, 2015 10:04am

US not interested in him anymore. COAS visit is more important for the country as well as for the US. Stop blaming PTI for everything, just a lame excuse....

khanm Oct 14, 2015 10:07am

What one must expect when the leadership is not credible....To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful....unfortunately they don't have any of those.....

Gaz Oct 14, 2015 10:29am

Pakistanis abroad ain't stupid we live in real democracies with intelligent leaders we will never invest until the corrupt have been removed for good.

JZ Oct 14, 2015 10:29am

Waste of our money. No one will invest till this government is in power.

sami Oct 14, 2015 10:34am

@Raghu No Its the Leadership who does it

logicaldude Oct 14, 2015 10:41am

Why is it already time to go somewhere else.

Khan Oct 14, 2015 10:41am

@ Jawad. But these are projects that use steel and cement from their factories. Masses don’t have cars to drive on Motorways; your loved ones can’t walk safely for lack of footpaths and fear being knocked over by a car driven by the elite on the wrong side of the road. Metro cost billions, Lahore and Islamabad people would benefit but would it not have been better to spend that money on equipping say half the hospitals with dialysis machines that would have benefited people living in the rest of Punjab; spend some on education so next generation would be educated and have better living standard.

muhammad Oct 14, 2015 10:51am

@Omer all leaders face opposition.this should not be an excuse.

adventurer Oct 14, 2015 10:51am

The only agenda is dispute with India therefore the need to stay for 5 days, not required so they have cut short.

Good luck.

Aik_Paki Oct 14, 2015 10:53am

@Rashid Ishaq PM for pre-poll rigging that was recently done by himself in Lahore. A shame for the country.

Patriotic Indian Oct 14, 2015 10:54am

@Rashid Ishaq

I appreciate Rashid sahab for behaving like a Patriotic Pakistani. Wish you and Pakistan the best.

-- brother from the other side of the border.

Dilectus Oct 14, 2015 11:05am

It is just a lame excuse that PTI will protest. PTI protests against their corruption, nepotism, dynastic politics, have they stopped any of these?

raza Oct 14, 2015 11:10am

As it is his 3rd stint by now he should have mastered the act of speaking like a statesman instead of still relying on paper chits in hand to speak from,that tells a lot about ones capabilities as a leader,if you cant speak for half an hour for a prepared visit then i think you are in the wrong place.The Americans have come to know that he does not have the power to give them what they are looking for so now they have started to bet On the Gen visit.

Khan Oct 14, 2015 11:13am

PTI understands nothing of decorum. I'm disgusted that Pakistani-American community has so many PTI supporters.

imran Oct 14, 2015 11:14am

@s.khan The question is does he know how to look at the time.

Jazz Oct 14, 2015 11:16am

@Raghu why does he not first ask his sons to invest in Pakistan . Charity starts from home

Khalil Anwer Hassan Oct 14, 2015 11:18am

@Rashid Ishaq The anticipated protesters, irrespective of Party affiliations, would have comprised of Pakistanis settled in the US, who have been contributing to the welfare of their homeland by sending huge remittances. They should have every right to demonstrate against the PM or any other political leader from Pakistan, if they are unhappy with his or her performance at home.

Zeeshan Ahmad Oct 14, 2015 11:18am

What are you expecting from a PM who is scared of small manifestation of protest? That too in US ensuring there would be no violence.

How would he take bold decisions if, God forbid, we need to take? He must assert his authority come what may. Otherwise, he is gradually losing his moral authority to rule the nation.

m singh Oct 14, 2015 11:20am

Not a good idea it will discourage the investors......

Kamran Oct 14, 2015 11:28am

Local street politics should not be taken to foreign land. I never seen any BJP or congress officie in Europe but Pakistani keep fighting each other where they are minority and unity is required.

Z Oct 14, 2015 11:31am

@Hope "....national interests of Pakistan..."

IK is looking at bigger national interests, more futuristic, more systematic and process driven ones.

Please raise your bar.

Kamal Pasha Oct 14, 2015 11:32am

Overseas Pakistanis did invest when the PML(N) and PPP were in power before. They lost every penny they invested. They were looted buy these governments.m Now forget that overseas Pakistanis will invest when these looters are there.

Z Oct 14, 2015 11:33am

@Raghu "Cancellations will discourage investors."

investors are most discouraged by the hurdles created at every possible step by the government machinery and politicians. Not by such cancelations etc.

Shah, USA Oct 14, 2015 11:44am

There were protests against Modi in US he never cancel meetings.

mahmood Oct 14, 2015 11:44am

@S.Khan Please grow up and stop looking at watches and clothes. Look at what he is promising to nation and what is he delivering. Criticize the delivery while considering the difficulties and the culture of the country. Simply keep accusing like your leader IK will lead to nowhere. If somebody does something, even wrong, he will learn for next time but if he keeps accusing like IK, he will lose even existing support. Many people who cannot even get a domicile or birth certificate from their own local municipality will blame Nawaz Sharif and the government for not delivering to their wishes......I'm not joking, you will find these if you look around.

Aa2544 Oct 14, 2015 11:53am

Being a PTI supporter, I would never support any endeavour whereby any head of state, be it PM, president or any other dignitory on a state visit be subjected to such behaviours, but bashing PTI on mere rumours cannot be justified either

M Rafique Oct 14, 2015 11:56am

@Rashid Ishaq : innocent expression

lafanga Oct 14, 2015 11:56am

No explanation, no confirmation ... but let's blame PTI anyways. Typical PMLN politics.

Pakistani Oct 14, 2015 11:57am

Two days of savings of public funds.

M Rafique Oct 14, 2015 11:59am

@Raghu : PM's own investment is not in the country

Danish Oct 14, 2015 12:01pm

Dear PTI Leadership,

You don't like your party internal matters to be made public and you serves show cause notice to party member who do it but you like to discuss Pakistan internal issues in foreign land.

I think you put priority to your party over Pakistan.

gerry dcunha Oct 14, 2015 12:17pm

For God sake let the man govern the country in peace for 3 years more and then give him a hard time in the election

Iqbal Khan Oct 14, 2015 12:28pm

Addressing Pakistani doesn't mean to be inviting investment, however, it has been widely observed to promote PMLn owns agenda to address their own followers abroad. Since I support PTI to have strict vigilance over such stooges.

salman Oct 14, 2015 12:39pm

Lol. PTI have not said anything about protests in Chicago. I guess pmln see the ghost of PTI everywhere!

Atam Vetta Oct 14, 2015 12:44pm

It would be very unfortunate if PTI does anything that suggests a division among the Pak political elite. The real reason for the visits of the two Sharif's is to convince the USA to release the next instalment of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). It is already a difficult task as the US Congress requires the Obama Admin. to assure it that Pakistan is taking action against the Haqqani Group.

Parvez Oct 14, 2015 12:44pm


Arslan Oct 14, 2015 12:45pm

@Jawad nuclear program started when NS wasn't even in politics, motorway was his idea yes but botched up job (80km longer than needed and Kalar Kahar is a joke for trucks to pass through), and CPEC is Army's project that was initiated by Musharaff. Kindly get your facts right.

doremon Oct 14, 2015 12:53pm

Instead of discussing PAK-US relations NAWAZ is going to discuss INDO-PAK relation. Wonderful!!

Imran Aslam Oct 14, 2015 12:58pm

Shameless attitude of PTI. In the disguise of 'saving Pakistan' they are destroying the very image both internally and globally. Never voting PTI In a 100 years

fida Oct 14, 2015 01:08pm

Washing dirty linen in the foreign land against your own elected government is highly intolerable. Whatever ill feeling one might have against the elected government, it should be managed within the country. People of Pakistan should reprimand the PTI leadership of there act.

Imran Oct 14, 2015 01:17pm

It is sad how much PTI has become like MQM. In fact they have gone even further; in their lust for power, they are willing to sink the ship. It is difficult to comprehend why these so-called educated folks do not comprehend the 'optics' of international politics and do not understand how their actions do real harm to Pakistan.

Imran Oct 14, 2015 01:20pm

@khanm In short, you do not believe in democratic values. This is exactly the problem with PTI and hence the label of being a fascist party (i.e., my way or the highway). Please take some time to enlighten yourself with early 20th century history of Germany and Italy.

Gaz Oct 14, 2015 01:21pm

Amazing how the blind followers of PML-N believe everything that is fed to them. Have a think when does a leader cancel a meeting due to a few hundred protesting?

Imran Oct 14, 2015 01:21pm

@Arslan And Imran khan has done what? Zilch. Zero times zero is zero.

Usman Oct 14, 2015 01:30pm

"jointly by the Pakistan Embassy and the local chapter of PML-N"

There's your problem right there.

Gul Pasha Oct 14, 2015 01:37pm

Very sensible PM

Gul Pasha Oct 14, 2015 01:52pm

@Raghu Thats pti strategy to keep Pakistan politically destablized and hamper economic progress in the country. Since 99 % overseas pakistanis are non professionals or laborers they can only invest in real estate and push the property rates unrealistically up.

Imtiaz Oct 14, 2015 01:53pm

So now the person who holds the power has been called.

MohAammad Farooq Oct 14, 2015 02:00pm

Actually someone forgot to prepare his speech. So no worry he will come back next month for another official tour.

azmat Oct 14, 2015 02:08pm

This is just a speculation. The PM may as well be using the PTI fear factor but the actual reason may be something else. Even if PTI was doing it, it is no excuse to cancel or shorten the visit. PTI overseas chapter is all over the world - does it mean he will stay home for the next 3 years in power. Its a very coward approach to me regardless of weather one think PTI is justified or not in protesting against the PM on his foreign visits. Overseas Indians protested against Modi in Washington less then a month ago but he did not make it an excuse to shorten his tour or lose his bearings

azmat Oct 14, 2015 02:11pm

@Rashid Ishaq I also agree with you and I am also a PTI supporter but regardless, this is a very coward step from the PM if its true that PTI protest was the reason for curtailment of his tour. Indians protested against Modi a month ago when he was in Washington a month ago but he did not make it an excuse. PPP in its haydays used to protest in Europe and US whenever Zia visited these places but he never cancelled his visits.

Ali Raza Noor Oct 14, 2015 02:17pm

Is it wise for Pakistan to have political parties offices outside Pakistan. I think we are the only country whose political parties have offices outside Pakistan and this causes disunity among overseas Pakistanis. Why should we have these offices they don't have any political clout in countries they are living, so how it benefits Pakistan. If they are so much interested in Pakistani politics they should come to Pakistan

Shakil Ahmed Khan Oct 14, 2015 02:29pm

Nawaz Sharif as a leader is Prime minister of PAksitan not just PMLN he should engage all the community including the PTI supporters. If he alianate him, I am sure if PM team dont rely on PMLN but community leaders this can be resolved.

The problem is He is not a leader who can face tough questions and answer it properly, therefore he cant face free questions from Pakistanis or the free media. We will see him again with post it slips reading infront of Obama, so this time he may need all the concentration to remember what to say. But what if someone ask the question he is not prepared for?

Shakil Ahmed Khan Oct 14, 2015 02:32pm

@Khan why disgusted? its their free right to chose, there they are not under Sharif Mafia control! They made free choice, you should be thinking why PTI has so much support in US or EU? Because they are free and they know how real democracy work!

Shakil Ahmed Khan Oct 14, 2015 02:34pm

@Imran Aslam PTI dont need your vote, may be Nawaz Sharif should look reason why people protest against him? remove the reasons everything will be fine. Show some leadership if he has any!

Justice4All Oct 14, 2015 02:40pm

In few days, his entire US trip will be cancelled. As PTI has now decided to protest in Washington.

Sunil Oct 14, 2015 02:58pm

@Shah, USA and not only that he met the leader of the people protesting the Sikhs and the Gujrathi. That is what is called not running away from issue

Tariq, Lahore Oct 14, 2015 03:05pm

No doubt PTI is definitely keeping the incumbent party in check, which is a first in Pakistani politics! Kudos to PTI.

expat Oct 14, 2015 03:28pm

Shame on PTI supporters for their cheap tactics.

Iftikhar Husain Oct 14, 2015 03:34pm

Please do not blame PTI for every drawback with the government. The Prime Minister is basically confused he was not fully prepared forthis visit.

Human Oct 14, 2015 03:57pm

PTI ruining Pakistan Economy and happy with this kind of event! Pathetic! and they call themselves royal to pakistan. They lost NA-122 and still they are crying like 2 years baby!

Muhammed Ali Oct 14, 2015 04:07pm

@stranger Its raining lets blame the PTI... No water lets blame the PTI...No security lets blame the PTI, how long have the PLM-N been in power in Lahore where 60% of the public still dont have clean drinking water....yeah lets blame the PTI for everything..

Husain Oct 14, 2015 04:11pm

@Rashid Ishaq If this so called PM was honest, he wouldn't be afraid of any protest. Another thing wouldn't be interested in protesting if he was an honest PM.

Bilal Oct 14, 2015 04:18pm

@Ahmar is that something to be proud of? PTI is just a protest party with no vision of is own. It is very good at making wild allegations and even better at backing down from them.

M.ASIF Oct 14, 2015 04:36pm

Does anyone really knows why Sharif has shortened the visit? What if PTI or anyone exercise their democratic rights. Pls no lame excuses and pls dont rush to condem on assumptions.

rs Oct 14, 2015 04:43pm

As per National Security adviser, the stalled talks with India, will be on the agenda. How long India obsessed agenda for talks with US. One thing is certain, US knows that Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan that too near army establishment when they were searching for him for a decade.

masood ahmed chughtai Oct 14, 2015 04:52pm

PM shall wake up bring back ur assets to home, force other to do the same.U would not have to fear Imran

M. Siddique Oct 14, 2015 04:54pm

@stranger , The PM needs to learn how act within democratic set up. In the US all leaders know how to handle demonstrations because protest is the right under the constitution. US leaders just don't cancel events.

salman Oct 14, 2015 05:02pm

@gerry dcunha Who is stopping him. It's not our fault if PM is scaredof a protest, which HAS NOT EVEN BEEN PPLANNED OR CONFIRMED BY PTI!!!!!

Vijay Oct 14, 2015 05:18pm

As an Indian living in USA, I can say that the Pakistani politics is not matured yet. One doesn't protest against your own PM when he is visiting a foreign country. In a foreign land, the people should always welcome their PM. If you don't like the PM then stay home rather than protest in the open.

Asim Oct 14, 2015 05:34pm

@stranger Please do not go after the bird just because someone told you that your ears were taken by the Bird. I am not a supporter of PTI but I am definitely a big supporter of Pakistan thus I do not and will never support corrupt and brainless so-called leaders like Nawaz. Being a long time resident of Chicago I would rather keep my beautiful City clean so I am happy that NS is not coming here.

Lucky Star Oct 14, 2015 08:45pm

@raza Americans always support first military leaders form Muslim countries, because they know that military leaders can be coerced easily.

Lucky Star Oct 14, 2015 08:47pm

@khanm keep to yourself your so-called words of wisdom because you are confused and make no sense.

Lucky Star Oct 14, 2015 08:48pm

PM made the right decision of short visit to US to save tax-payers money.

Lucky Star Oct 14, 2015 08:58pm

@Iqbal Khan You have insulted millions of voters who voted for PML-N by using derogatory words against PML-N leaders. I have some doubts about your intelligence. Don't tell me that you have gathered huge sum of money. Most Pakistanis in US are from privileged families (Bribe-taker and corrupt businessmen who never paid taxes in Pakistan.

az Oct 15, 2015 12:27am

@Arslan total lies. Not have idea what you are talking about. Nuclear program is a national program started in Bhutto ' s time and completed in NS. Motorway started by NS is a national project still under construction and you don't know what national highway was before "motorways" idea came. CPEC was never heard of before NS came. Military is just nowhere in whole scenari except where it should be and other than Ayub Khan no generals ever made even a single national project despite their long and long years of uninterrupted, unopposed and corrupt rule with absolute power

Mustafa Oct 15, 2015 07:56am

The deep-state of the status quo is once again trying to confuse Nawaz with the state. Protest is a democratic right here or abroad.

Bakra Oct 15, 2015 08:04am

@Aziz Bhoi , How Pakistani parliament will pass a bill that cannot be enforced in any country outside Pakistan?

A. Mangal Oct 15, 2015 09:25am

@Aziz Bhoi. You can't legislate "freedom of speech" guaranteed in every democratic country except dynasty run counties and autocratic form of government. In short, you can't legislate peaceful mouth!

True Blue Indian Oct 15, 2015 10:12am

Well done sharif As it is this visit was less significant from all point of view We know your agendas would be 1. Mention Kashmir issue .. 2. India's cross border cease fire violations 3. Dossiers about India's involvement in terrorism in Pakistan as prepared by Mr. Aziz 4. Nuclear deal similar to India

I doubt Obama has anything to say or do regarding any of the above points .. he will not even care about any of it

So its better to shorten the trip , greet everyone ..comeback home n focus on internal matters Good step by NS.

Amarnath Oct 15, 2015 12:58pm

innocent pakistanis are buying the dharna story blindly.

if american businessmen are willing to pour in $10 billion into Pak, no dharna is going to stop Sharif from going ahead with the meetings. US has a strong law enforcement system where protests can only be peaceful.... without stopping any leader from meeting indoors.

it looks like there is no enough interest by business community, hence sharif is cancelling meetings.

poor PTI is taking the blame... even before the trip has begun.

Hasan Oct 15, 2015 01:25pm

It's the height of naivite for our PM to believe that Washington will give a damn about border tensions with hindustan. The US has a long and distinguished history of making allies out of extremists, from Saudi Arabia to Israel - why would they have any concern about a communal fanatic like Modi ushering in a new era of anti-Pakistan hatred and minority oppression? If they can do business with him that's all that matters.


Realist Oct 15, 2015 01:36pm

Not surprised at all. Nawaz gets no respect from the Americans who know his true level from over 20 years now.

Temo Shanko Oct 15, 2015 03:19pm

@Shaikh Salman ...You are right. USA knows who calls the shots,

aslam shaikh Oct 15, 2015 04:27pm

Some money saved from public account. Our king will cover this loss in his next visit.

MSA Oct 15, 2015 06:09pm

@Aziz Bhoi Non-sense. You cannot try to ban protests against any body by any body. This is USA.

Akbar Khan Oct 15, 2015 07:25pm

Seems like NS is not fully in control of the country or happenings around him.

Ali Oct 15, 2015 07:30pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should "not" cancel his meeting with Pakistani-American investors just because some people want to protest? In any democracy people have the right to protest, provided it's peaceful and not to destroy public property or endanger life. There were protests against PM Modi when he visited USA, he did not change his plans? There are protests against President Obama and other leaders all the time. No one will invest in Pakistan if our PM cancels his investment meeting.

Zeeshan S. Oct 15, 2015 08:25pm

The US must have asked to meet the real guy in charge of the country.

Tanveer Khan Oct 15, 2015 11:54pm

PM seriously need to mention few things. First he warn US to not interfere in CPEC, Secondly the Indian involvement should be discussed, last but not the least PM should ask US authorities to help Pakistan to send back the Afghan refugees.

PTI should refrain form protesting against the elected PM.

Azhar Oct 16, 2015 06:56am

Is he coming to discuss stalled talks. Really, US do not know about it?

Komal S Oct 16, 2015 07:58am

@Ali Not enough people registered for the meeting, blaming PTI is just an excuse. The concern is this event will be compared with Modi's investor meeting. Did not want to risk the undue comparison.

Skywalker Oct 16, 2015 09:00am

@Vijay Muslims from India were protesting in Silicon Valley against Modi.

Cyrus Oct 16, 2015 09:29am

@Qaum .... There cannot be neighborly relations with the United States because of Israel. Pakistan is not our neighbor as far as the American people are concerned. Leaders make the deals. The rest of us don't.

Cyrus Oct 16, 2015 09:35am

@Hope .... You just said it all.

Cyrus Oct 16, 2015 09:48am

@Jawad ... I said it before elections that he was the only man qualified to lead Pakistan. I still believe that.

Cyrus Oct 16, 2015 09:59am

@Gaz .... Absolutely right. That is the reason so many Pakistanis left home in the first place. In America it does not matter who your father is. Everyone has a chance to succeed if they don't blow it.

Cyrus Oct 16, 2015 10:14am

@Dilectus ... We have to accept the things we cannot change and work on those things we can change.

Cyrus Oct 16, 2015 10:16am

@Khan .... It's a free country.

Ashraf Oct 16, 2015 11:12am

Pak-US relations is icy at best. Nawaz should not have arranged this trip at this time. It is quite likely that he may be slighted by the White House.

Star Oct 16, 2015 11:57am

Contrast to Modi's meetings !

Zafar Oct 16, 2015 08:45pm

In any democracy pubic representatives are encountered with opponents and face them. IK went to Peshawar after the APS tragedy and was lambasted by the parents of the kids killed - rightly so, but he did not run away from them. This PM won't interview with CNN, NY Times and Washington Post because he can't. He has nothing to say other than what he is told.

Abdul Oct 16, 2015 10:19pm

Good. Atleast less public money will be wasted.

Gp65 Oct 17, 2015 02:03am

@Aziz Bhoi "Protest against an Elected PM of Pakistan in a Foreign country, By an individual or by Political Parties Should be stopped forth with. Out Parliment may jointly pass a Law to redress this issue on permanent basis. ." How can your parliament regulate actions of those not living in Pakistan?

Gp65 Oct 17, 2015 02:08am

@Raghu "Cancellations will discourage investors."

No investment has been coming from investors in US. Infact an article in ET stated that 88% investment is from China and U.S. investors are disinvesting.