Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pak PM to visit India; No official meetings scheduled

Pak PM to visit India; No official meetings scheduled
 No official meeting is
scheduled during the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Raja
Pervez Ashraf, who is arriving on Saturday in Jaipur on a
pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif.
          Ashraf, along with his family members, will land in
Jaipur and then proceed to Ajmer Sharif to offer prayers at
the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. He will not make
any stop-over in Delhi.
          "Neither was there any proposal from Pakistan side (for a
meeting between Ashraf and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) nor
is there any move from India to schedule a meeting during his
visit," sources said.
          This is likely to be Ashraf's last foreign visit before
the term of his government ends on March 16.
            Preparations for the day-long visit on March 9 were being
finalised, diplomatic and other sources told PTI in Islamabad.
            Ashraf's visit is unlike his President Asif Ali Zardari's
who came on a day-long visit last April and made a three-hour
stopover in New Delhi before flying to Ajmer.
            Singh had hosted lunch for the visiting Pakistani
President and two leaders also held comprehensive talks.
            "It seems the Prime Minister wants to offer prayers at
the shrine in Ajmer, which he reveres, for the success of the
Pakistan Peoples Party in the upcoming polls," a source in
the Pakistan government said in Islamabad.
            Ashraf's visit comes at a time when there is a chill in
bilateral ties over the ceasefire violations at the LoC. An
Indian soldier was beheaded by Pakistani troops while the
mutilated body of another was found in January.

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