Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will be visiting Pakistan sometime in November-December to talk about the development model and good governance he had ushered in his own state.
Kumar gave an assurance to visit all the five provinces to an all-party delegation of parliamentarians from Pakistan, led by secretary general of Pakistan People's Party and leader of the house in senate Jehangir Badr. The delegation called on the chief minister at his official residence on Saturday. Chief secretary Navin Kumar, senior IAS officers Afzal Amanullah, AK Sinha, Amir Subhani, DGP Abhayanand were present on the occasion.
Praising Kumar's efforts in transforming Bihar, which drew the delegation to Bihar, the members said that they percieved him as a leading player in Indian national politics and the sub-continent. The Pakistani delegation said that the invitation had been given to Nitish Kumar in consultation with the governments of all five provinces, which wanted to know about the models his government had adopted to bring about complete transformation of Bihar.
"Bihar has had a rich cultural legacy. We have heard and read a lot about Bihar, which prompted us to come here and meet you. The growth story of Bihar is a talking point across the border also," said Badr.
The chief minister apprised the delegates of how the state had embarked on the path of development, with improved law and order, spiralling enrollment of girls in schools, women empowerment through 50% reservation in local bodies, special emphasis on agriculture through agri roadmap, vastly improved road connectivity and right to service act to give time-bound servies to the common man.
The delegation leaders, who are on a weeklong visit to India as part of confidence building exercise and promoting trade, said they were impressed by the kind of development and change Nitish Kumar had brought in Bihar in sectors like health, education, law and order, etc, and wanted to replicate the same in their provinces also.
The governments of both the countries might be engaged in resolving the issues like terrorism and Kashmir, but people in general of both the countries want peace and good relationships to prevail. "It was because of the people's aspirations, governments of both the countries are determined to ease the visa norms, the draft of which is almost ready for signing," said Khurram Dastgir Khan, another member of national assembly of Pakistan.
To a query, the delegation members said Pakistan was the worst victim of terrorism and the governments of both the country should strengthen their cooperation to fight it out. "If European countries can prosper on mutual trusts, why not India and Pakistan can help each other to fight poverty, terrorism to grow," they said.