President Zardari likely to visit Ajmer on April 8


President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to visit Ajmer on April 8 to pay obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

“Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has conveyed to the Indian government his desire to visit the Sufi shrine of Ajmer Sharif in India this month,” official sources here said.

The visit is intended to be purely for religious purposes. However, the Indian government here is looking for a possibility to add some political discussions during his day-long visit, Press Trust of India reported Sunday.

The request was received by the Indian external affairs ministry a couple of days ago and the government is considering it, the sources said.

“While as of now, the visit is purely for religious purposes, efforts are being made so that some political discussions could also take place during the day-long trip of Zardari,” sources said.

There is a possibility that the trip could also provide an opportunity for talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Zardari, sources further said.

The Pakistan President had last met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Russia in 2009.

The sources feel that as it happens in India-Pakistan relationship, many decisions would be taken closer to the date of Mr Zardari’s visit.

The visit is expected to take place around April 8, official sources said.

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