ISLAMABAD/KARACHI - After canceling his three-day scheduled visit to Sri Lanka due to terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi on Wednesday, the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif immediately dashed to the port city to take stock of the situation.

Upon arrival in Karachi, the COAS went straight to the Karachi Corps Headquarters where he was given briefing on the tragic incident by the corps commander. Director General Sindh Rangers also attended.

General Raheel Sharif also telephoned to Prince Karim Agha Khan and offered his heartfelt condolences on the killings of innocent people in Karachi terrorist attack.

“Our heart goes out for the bereaved families. No efforts will be spared to apprehend and punish perpetrators of this terrorist act, their abettors, and backers,” army chief assured Prince Agha Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili community.

Agencies add: “COAS cancels his prescheduled visit to Sri Lanka due to Karachi terrorist attack,” ISPR DG Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said on twitter.

The army chief was scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka Wednesday evening on the invitation of Sri Lankan Army Commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva.