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Hazare accepts invite, Pak to get taste of Annagiri

india Updated: Sep 21, 2011 23:24 IST
HT Correspondent

After successfully generating public opinion against corruption in India, social activist Anna Hazare is ready to repeat the feat in Pakistan.

A two-member delegation from Pakistan visited Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday and invited Hazare to visit Pakistan.

"Once I recover from the weakness and complete India yatra, I am going to visit Pakistan," Hazare told the delegation, comprising justice (retired) Nasir Alam Zahid and Karamat Ali, director, Pakistan Institute for Labour, Education and Research.

The delegation was in India primarily to discuss the issue of Pakistani fishermen, who have been arrested for territorial waters violation.

After the 40-minute meeting with Hazare, Ali told HT: "Many people in Pakistan have been inspired by Hazare. We would like him to visit our country and meet those who want to fight against corruption."

Pakistan had watched Hazare's fast at the Ramlila ground and saw how he generated public opinion, Ali said. Taking a cue from the septuagenarian Gandhian, a businessman from Pakistan, Raja Jahangir Akhtar, has also started a hungerstrike to battle corruption.

Akhtar's fast has brought into focus the issue of corruption in Pakistan. "Corruption is a major issue in Pakistan too and the people are eager to meet Hazare," Justice Zahid said.

"Like India, Pakistan is also facing the issue of corruption," Hazare said. "It is our duty to help Pakistan. If my visit can encourage the activists there, I will certainly consider visiting them."

The team also discussed the arrest of Pakistani fishermen and the growing militarisation in the region with Hazare.