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PM meets childhood friend from Pakistan

It was an emotional reunion for PM Manmohan Singh and his childhood friend Raja Mohammed Ali as they met on Friday after nearly six decades.

india Updated: May 30, 2008 21:13 IST

It was an emotional reunion for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his childhood friend Raja Mohammed Ali as they met on Friday after nearly six decades.

Ali, a native of the Prime Minister's ancestral Gah village in Pakistan's Punjab province, was Singh's classmate and as well as a childhood friend.

Both Singh and Ali hugged each other warmly and chatted for over half-an-hour. They also exchanged gifts.

While the Prime Minister gave Ali a turban, a set of Titan watches and a shawl. His friend had a photo of Gah village, a 100-year-old shawl for Singh and two embroidered salwar kameez suits for his wife Gursharan Kaur.

Ali, 76, who is accompanied by his nephew Mehmud Ali, had come to the capital on his own and was staying in Karol Bagh. But Singh arranged a government guest house for them.