Pak Prez Zardari likely to visit Ajmer on April 8

Last Updated: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 19:18

Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan President Asif
Ali Zardari is likely to visit Ajmer on April 8 to pay
obeisance at the famous Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin
Chishti.

A request for a "private visit" by the President has
been forwarded to the Indian side, though a date for the trip
is yet to be finalised, sources in the Pakistan government
said.

However, sources in Delhi said the visit is likely to
take place on April 8.

The Pakistani sources said the government has kept
Zardari`s planned visit to the famous 13th century shrine in
Ajmer in Rajasthan under wraps as it is intended to be a
"purely private" matter.

"The visit is supposed to be devoid of political or
diplomatic content but since it involves the President, the
possibility of some meetings with Indian leaders cannot be
ruled out," said a source familiar with the plans for the
visit.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar confirmed that
Zardari had expressed a wish to visit the shrine at Ajmer and
that a request had been sent to the Indian government at the
diplomatic level.

"However, no date has been finalised for the President`s
visit to India so far," Babar said.

A Presidential aide, who spoke on condition that he would
not be named, said Zardari`s visit to Ajmer had been in the
pipeline for almost a year.

"This visit has been planned since last year as the
President wants to make a trip to the dargah in Ajmer," the
aide said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 11:49

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