ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has canceled a ceremony where he was supposed to address the potential Pakistani-American investors in Chicago fearing that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) could turn the event into a protest against him.

The prime minister was scheduled to address the ceremony on October 19, just before meeting US President Barack Obama and other top officials in White House.

According to highly reliable sources, the Pakistani embassy in US and PML-N America chapter have now decided to hold another ceremony on October 23 instead. Selected members of Pakistani community in United States have been sent invitation cards to attend the proposed ceremony, sources added.

Although the organizers have not clearly mentioned the possible reason behind cancellation of PM’s address to Pakistani-American investors, the sources speculate that ceremony was  overrode due to PTI’s strong presence among expatriates.

Earlier during the premier’s visit to United States to attend the 70th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar was surrounded by group of activists who chanted “GO Nawaz Go” slogans while he was offering Eid prayers in a local mosque in Chicago.