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Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf to visit Ajmer on Saturday

First published: March 5, 2013, 9:30 PM IST | Updated: March 5, 2013
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Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf to visit Ajmer on Saturday
Official told IANS, Pakistani Prime Minister is expected to come on Saturday on a private visit.

New Delhi: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will come to India on a private visit this Saturday on a pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif, official sources said.

"He is expected to come on Saturday on a private visit," an official told IANS.

He said the Pakistani prime minister is scheduled to visit Ajmer to offer prayers at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had embarked on a similar pilgrimage in April 2012 and had later met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch in New Delhi. The two leaders had held talks to boost bilateral relations.

The dialogue process between the two countries was impacted by ceasefire violations on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in January 2013 with India lodging a strong protest over the brutal killing of two of its soldiers in the Poonch sector.

Sources said it had yet not been finalised if there will be any "courtesy call" during Ashraf's visit.

The term of Ashraf's government ends later this month.

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