Pak Prez Zardari likely to visit Ajmer on April 8
Last Updated: Sunday, April 01, 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.


First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 11:49

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