Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced on Tuesday that the all-parties conference (APC) summoned by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been postponed as the premier will be travelling to Turkey to condole with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the devastating earthquake that hit the country. 

Turkey and Syria have witnessed a devastating earthquake of a magnitude of 7.8 which claimed more than 4,300 lives and injured innumerable people.

Taking to Twitter, the minister wrote: “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will leave for Ankara tomorrow morning, he will express his condolences to the Turkish president and to the people of Turkey over the destruction caused by the earthquake and the loss of life.”

Marriyum said that the APC has been called off due to the PM’s visit to Turkey, adding that a new date for the moot will be announced after consultations with the government’s allies.

This is the second time that the APC, called following the Peshawar mosque attack, has been postponed by the government. 

Initially, the APC was scheduled to take place on February 7. However, the date was changed to February 9.