Gilani to watch WC semi-final with several colleagues

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 14:08

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
will be accompanied by ex-premier Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and several of his Cabinet colleagues, including Interior Minister
Rehman Malik, for his visit to Mohali tomorrow to watch the
World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan, a media
report said Tuesday.

Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Defence
Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Information Minister Firdous
Ashiq Awan, Sports Minister Engineer Shaukatullah, Postal
Services Minister Muhammad Gorgage and Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar will also accompany Gilani,
`The News` daily reported.

Former minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, the spokesman of the
ruling PPP, party lawmaker Sherry Rehman, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam
parliamentarian Laiq Muhammad Khan and Muttahida Qaumi
Movement`s Farooq Sattar will also be part of the Premier`s
delegation, the report said.

Several political parties are sending their leaders with
Gilani as an expression of solidarity, it said.

The main opposition PML-N is yet to nominate its
representative for the visit, the first by Gilani to India
after he became the Premier in 2008.

However, there was no official word on the delegation
that would accompany Gilani to Mohali.
Gilani is visiting India at the invitation of his
Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh to watch the semi-final of
the World Cup.

The two Prime Ministers are expected to spend over five
hours in a special box at the Mohali stadium though no formal
talks have been scheduled so far, the report said.

Singh will host a dinner for Gilani and his delegation
before his departure for Pakistan after the game.
The two Prime Ministers have met twice on the
sidelines on international and regional meetings ? once at
Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt in 2009 and again in the Bhutanese
capital Thimphu last year.

They will meet again a day after the talks between the
Home and Interior Secretaries of India and Pakistan that
marked the formal resumption of dialogue between the two sides
after a gap of over two years in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai
terror attacks.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 14:08

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