After the spate of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to cancel his scheduled visit to Davos, Switzerland from January 21 to 24 to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting.

A foreign office statement on Monday said Pakistan represents WEF’s second largest membership base in South Asia, with a total of four foundation members and eight global growth companies. During his visit, Mr. Sharif was scheduled to meet a number of world leaders, heads of international organizations and multinational companies. The Prime Minister’s programme also included a breakfast meeting with Pakistani businessmen, and a luncheon meeting with heads and CEOs of multinational companies, academics, representatives of NGOs and the media.

In Geneva, he was to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research known as CERN. Pakistan has a long-standing cooperation with CERN and Mr. Sharif was to address the scientists there and witness the signing of two agreements between the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and CERN, the statement added.