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Jaswant Singh on a goodwill visit to Pak

The senior BJP leader visited the temple of Hinglaj Mata in the Uthal area in southwestern province of Balochistan.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 19:05 IST

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh visited the temple of Hinglaj Mata in the Uthal area in southwestern province of Balochistan.

Singh, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and a former Foreign Minister, is on a goodwill visit to Pakistan as the head of an 86-member delegation, which had arrived in Karachi on Monday morning by road via Munabao-Khokhrapar route.

It proceeded to the Hinglaj Mata temple, 280 kms from here, on the next day.

Chief Minister Jam Mohammad Yusuf hosted a lunch for the Indian guests.

After his return to Karachi last night, the BJP leader had dinner and meetings with his friends at the hotel.

Some members of the delegation visited various shopping places, including those in Clifton, and some others visited their friends and relatives in the metropolis.

The delegation members include Roshan Din Sand, Sher Mohammad Nohri and MPs Mahinder Singh, Bhomindar Singh, Dilip Singh and Chitter Singh.

The Indian guests are to give interviews to some private TV channels, visit Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum, attend a reception by Karachi Council for Foreign Relations and another reception by the people of Karachi at a local hotel.

Before returning home on February 6, Mr Singh is likely to also visit Lahore and Islamabad.

The BJP leader, in a brief chat with journalists upon his arrival, had stated that his visit had "no political implications," and his objectives were to promote peace, love and brotherhood among people of the two countries.

Singh said that India and Pakistan have a bright future as people of both the countries have share an affinity towards each other and wanted peace and tranquillity to prevail in the whole region.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 19:05 IST