Pak Punjab CM has ‘back pain’, cancels visit to state

Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif's, scheduled visit to the Indian Punjab between December 14 to 17 was cancelled on Thursday due to health reasons. A delegation of Pakistani legislators and businessmen, who were to reach India on Thursday through the Attari border, did not turn up either.

During the visit — which the Punjab government had publicised with much fanfare — besides attending the World Cup Kabaddi final as the chief guest, Sharif was to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was also scheduled to accompany Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal to lay the foundation of development works in his ancestral Jati Umra village, where his father lived before migrating to Pakistan.

Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who had been looking after the arrangements for the visit, said: "I got a message in the morning from an official that his visit had been cancelled. Severe pain in the back had been cited as the reason for the cancellation. I have been told that he has been advised complete bed rest."

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