Asfandyar invites PM to Peshawar

Frontier Gandhi's grandson Afsandyar Wali Khan had a 30-minute meeting with Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee on Saturday morning. Afsandyar, who heads the Pakistan Awami National Party (PANP), was accompanied by six of his party colleagues.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2003 02:51 IST

Frontier Gandhi's grandson Afsandyar Wali Khan had a 30-minute meeting with Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee on Saturday morning. Afsandyar, who heads the Pakistan Awami National Party (PANP), was accompanied by six of his party colleagues.

The PANP chief was in the Capital to participate in the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative conference.

Vajpayee had met former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Friday for over 40 minutes.

They discussed over high tea the international situation against the backdrop of the ongoing Indo-Pak peace process.

Similarly, another notable speaker at the meet, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright had a brief meeting with Vajpayee on the sidelines of the conference soon after his inaugural address on Friday morning.

In an informal chat with the media after his meeting with the Prime Minister, Khan said his party wanted the two countries to intensify the peace process. "I have conveyed these sentiments to Vajpayee," he said.

Noting that wars did not solve any issue, the PANP chief asserted that peace efforts must continue.

He also revealed that he had extended an invitation to Vajpayee to visit Peshawar on January 20 on the occasion of the 15 death anniversary of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (Frontier Gandhi). He refused to elaborate on Vajpayee's response to his invitation.

First Published: Dec 14, 2003 02:51 IST