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Malik prays for harmonious Indo-Pak ties at Nizamuddin shrine

IANS  New Delhi, December 16, 2012
First Published: 18:22 IST(16/12/2012) | Last Updated: 19:01 IST(16/12/2012)

Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik on Sunday visited the shrine of the 14th century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and prayed for a "harmonious relationship" between India and Pakistan.

 

"I prayed to Allah for a harmonious and peaceful relationships between both countries and Indian government's assistance to Pakistan in taking action against the terrorists," Malik told reporters after offering prayers at the shrine.

Wearing a garland of red roses, Malik was escorted to the shrine amid a crowd of media persons and common people eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of him.

"I had decided whenever I will come to Delhi, I will visit this dargah. My father used to come here," he said.

There was a buzz in the shrine premises since the morning due to the expected visit of Malik who was on a three-day official visit to India.

The Pakistani leader first also visited the shrine of Amir Khusro and offered namaz at the mosque on the same premises.

Nazim Nizami, Dewan Tahir Nizami, Dewan Masood Nizami and Syed Ajmal Nizami, who claimed to be the descendants of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, were with the minister during the visit.

"I had met Rehman Malik five years ago in Pakistan and invited him to visit the dargah (shrine). We all are happy that he came here,” Nazim Nizami said.

Malik was presented a green turban on the occasion.


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