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Asif Ali Zardari Will Pay a Private Visit to India

Latest Pakistan News / Islamabad News > President Asif Ali Zardari will pay a private visit to India on April 8 to pray and pay respects at the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

President to visit India on 8th

President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar told Dawn on Sunday that the president had accepted Indian prime minister’s invitation for a lunch in New Delhi during his stopover there on way to Ajmer Sharif.

The president would return to Islamabad the same day, he added.

Earlier, the spokesman told Dawn that it would be a purely religious visit to pray at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. But an official announcement issued late in the night said that the president would also be meeting the Indian prime minister. It will be the first visit to India by Mr Zardari as president and the first by a Pakistani president in seven years. Former president Gen Pervez Musharraf visited India in 2005.

The spokesman said foreign secretaries of the two countries were finalising arrangements for the visit.

Agencies add: Lasting Pakistan-India peace is seen as vital to South Asian stability and to smoothing a dangerous transition in Afghanistan as most Nato combat forces prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.

The atmosphere between the two has improved after a flurry of high-level meetings.

New Delhi froze peace talks with Islamabad following terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that left 166 people dead and which India blames on Pakistan-based militants.

In March last year, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Singh watched their countries’ teams play in the cricket World Cup semi-final in India.

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