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No hitch as Pak PM Raja Pervez Ashraf visits Ajmer

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Ajmer/New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 10, 2013 12:56 IST

Pakistan prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Ajmer Sharif with family on Saturday after a quiet lunch with external affairs minister Salman Khurshid in Jaipur, where talk between the two stayed strictly unofficial.

Just a day after the Sufi shrine’s spiritual head decided to boycott the visit to protest the recent killing of Indian soldiers on the LoC, Ashraf was given a warm welcome by the other ‘khadims (caretakers)’.

“I had the good fortune of kissing the holy shrine. I wish peace for the world, progress for Pakistan and the well-being of my family,” he wrote in the visitor’s book.

“It was a private visit… This was not the occasion... to discuss such issues,” Khurshid said when asked if bilateral issues such as terrorism came up at lunch.

 

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