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Mukherjee meets Pak politicians

Pranab and Pak leaders are believed to have discussed the ongoing Indo-Pak peace process during their meet.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2007 17:00 IST

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday met with a broad spectrum of Pakistan's political parties during which the ongoing Indo-Pak peace process is believed to have figured prominently.

However, former premier Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League was conspicuous by its absence at the breakfast meeting.

Among those who attended the meeting were former prime minister and PML- (Q) chief Shujat Hussain, Opposition MMA leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan.

Makhdoom Amin Fahim, parliamentary party leader of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party and MQM leader Mohammed Farooq Sattar also attended the meeting.

PML- (N) was also invited for the meeting but nobody from the party turned up. The party had reportedly cited pre-occupation for its non-attendance.

However, the party is understood to have sought a separate meeting with Mukherjee.

During the interaction between Mukherjee and political leaders, the ongoing peace process is believed to have figured prominently. The two sides are understood to have discussed how the process can be taken forward.

First Published: Jan 14, 2007 13:50 IST